Aaron Boone was on a mission to keep pitching.
He threw at least seven innings of work a day and was a member of the team’s 40-man roster.
Then he got hurt.
“I wasn’t thinking about baseball,” Boone said, “but about everything else.
I’m the happiest man on the planet.”
Now, Boone is going to the mound with a new focus: pitching.
“It’s just a little bit different, to be honest with you,” he said.
Boone said he feels a lot more comfortable in his own skin and that his new focus will allow him to pitch better.
“If I have a good pitch, I’m going to hit it and make the next guy do the same thing,” he told Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock.
Boone, who will start Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, said his pitching performance will be his focus.
“Right now, I just want to be good.
If I can be good, I can get better,” he added.
Boone was an All-Star in 2016 after a solid career as a pitcher.
He has made five All-Stars, including the All-Rookie Team in 2018.
Boone’s biggest accomplishment in baseball was winning the World Series with the Yankees.
He’s been to the postseason three times in five seasons and he’s won the World Championship in four of those seasons.
“There’s a lot to be excited about,” Boone told Fox.
Boone has been working out with a strength and conditioning coach.
Boone pitched for the Yankees’ Class A affiliate in 2015, but he spent the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
He finished with a 3.73 ERA with 7.2 K/9 against 2.7 BB/9 and a 25.4 percent ground-ball rate.
“He’s been a great ambassador for the program and the Yankees, so I’m really happy for him,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.
“We’re going to work on all the things that he did.
I think he’s done a lot of great things.
I can’t wait to get to work with him.”