The New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had open-heart surgery in 2009. Since then, he has been monitoring his health carefully. When he noticed this week that he felt lightheaded and short of breath, he immediately contacted doctors. Doctors found that his heart was beating more slowly than optimal. After discussions with Boone, doctors decided that a pacemaker should be implanted in Boone. Boone took an immediate emergency leave from the Yankees.
The procedure was undertaken last night at St. Joesph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and went without a hitch. Boone could be back with the team as early as this weekend with no complications, but more likely early next week. Boone, before the procedure, said:
“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.
“I also want to take this opportunity to remind all those dealing with heart issues to remain vigilant in your care and to reach out to your doctor should you have any symptoms of discomfort or trouble. Any issue involving the heart has the potential to be serious. Staying on top of your health is always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.”
Boone being proactive, will be back with the team as soon as possible, and it will probably be sooner than later. He has already been in contact with the team Via Zoom from his hospital bed after the procedure. Boone, who turns 48 next week, is entering his fourth season as the New York Yankees manager. In three seasons, he’s led the team to a record of 236-148 (.615) and an 11-10 record in postseason play. That span includes one AL East title and playoff berth each season.
With the excellent coaching staff and bench coach Carlos Mendosa, the Yankees will hardly notice that he is gone. But you can be sure that Boone will be back with the Yankees before you know it.