Former Trojan Aaron Boone Retires After 12 Years In The Majors
Feb. 23, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- Former USC baseball player Aaron Boone has retired after a 12-year career in the major leagues. He has been hired by ESPN to work on the network's flagship baseball show 'Baseball Tonight' and will work selected games as an analyst.
Boone became what is believed to be the first player in major league baseball history to play after undergoing open heart surgery in early 2009. He was activated by the Houston Astros and played in September.
'It is with a sense of pride, sadness, and enthusiasm that I formally announce my retirement after 16 years of professional baseball,' Boone said. 'It has been a privilege and honor to have played in the major leagues for 12 seasons for six different clubs.
During his career, Boone played for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals and the Astros.
His best season came in 2003 when he batted .267 with 24 home runs and 96 RBI for the Reds and Yankees. He played in the 2003 All-Star Game, along with four other Trojans (his brother, Bret, Geoff Jenkins, Mark Prior and Barry Zito). After being traded late to the Yankees, Boone hit the home run that made him a household name with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning of Game 7 during the American League Championship Series that lifted the Yankees to the series win over the Boston Red Sox.
Boone played three seasons at USC (1992-94), batting .302 with 11 home runs and 94 RBI. He was a third-round selection by the Reds in the 1994 draft.