Johnny Damon-led Thailand team eliminated from World Baseball Classic

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Johnny Damon’s time playing for Thailand lasted all of two games, as the team was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament last night.

Thailand lost Game 1 to the Philippines and Game 2 to New Zealand, falling by a combined score of 20-4 while committing 11 errors defensively.

Damon started the first game at designated hitter and the second game at first base, going 3-for-7 with a walk and three singles while grounding into a double play.

Damon’s mother is Thai and despite back-to-back ugly losses he seemed happy to have played for the team, telling Denny Wu of MLB.com: “The experience was amazing. I am glad I get to come represent my mother’s country. My role for the next four years, hopefully Thailand has a chance to get back. My role is to help out as much as possible.”

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.