Neither Boone nor Meulens have ever managed in the big leagues.
The Yankees made it to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series a little ahead of schedule, so Boone will be working with a young and hungry team which got its first taste of playoff baseball.
Boone, 44, has never managed or coached at the pro level, but he's stayed in the game as an ESPN analyst and lately began considering making himself available for opportunities to manage.
The New York Yankees finally have their new manager. Boone retired after a 12-year playing career in which he finished with a.263 career batting average with 126 home runs.
The Yankees signed Boone to return as their third baseman in 2004, but when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing basketball that January, the team traded for Alex Rodriguez and cut Boone, costing him most of his $5.75 million salary. Steinbrenner had previously said he was reluctant to have a manager with no experience in the job.
Boone said during the interview process that he didn't think his lack of managerial experience would be a deterrent. His grandfather Ray Boone was an infielder for six teams from 1948 through 1960. and his father, Bob, was one of the most durable catchers in major league history, lasting from 1972 through 1990.
Boone has been a broadcaster since retiring, while Meulens has been a hitting coach and was named the Giants bench coach last month.
Speaking earlier Friday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he had consulted with Rodriguez about the candidates, but said the former Yankee was not one of them.
He added, "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there".
Cashman said that while there was no ideal candidate, "We're looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad".
Fortunately, Beltran's baseball mind could still be with the Yankees in some capacity next year.
Boone did play for the Yankees in a short but memorable stint during his 13-year Major League Baseball career.
"I just feel like it's started to really pull at me", he said.
"He definitely recognizes how much it's changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where - especially with analytics these days, it's a different job", Aaron Boone said.
Also, when it appeared to come down to Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone, I expected Meulens to be the Yankees' choice.