After being eliminated (and swept) by the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, many New York Yankees fans began to speculate about manager Aaron Boone’s future.
Once again, he completed a very successful regular season with 99 wins, but fell short when it mattered most: the postseason.
You could almost say that the things a manager needs to be successful in the regular season are a little different than the skill set required for the postseason.
There needs to be a little more urgency in the playoffs, but most notably, a manager must run his bullpen to perfection and understand the strengths, the weaknesses, the recent workload and each specific situation.
This is where Boone fails miserably.
He’s a good manager, but he needs to improve on that and several other things if the Yankees are going to be successful in October.
Some fans said the Yankees’ elimination (and the way they ended, in particular) wasn’t his fault, while others want him gone.
Yankees owner revealed Boone’s fate
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has already given his verdict on the situation.
“Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner plans to keep Aaron Boone as his manager. “I think he’s a very good manager,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday as he left the Yankees’ player development complex. ‘I don’t see a change there,’” AP Sports tweeted.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner plans to keep Aaron Boone as his manager.
“I think he’s a very good manager,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday as he left the Yankees’ player development complex. “I don’t see any change there.”https://t.co/0xjBDqUb56
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) October 26, 2022
Boone isn’t really the Yankees’ problem, though he certainly could do a few things differently in hopes of getting better results.
The Yankees must ensure they have top-notch player development staff and continually seek talent to serve as depth, working to enhance existing skills and help players be their best selves.
They need to do what they did with Jose Treviño, Matt Carpenter and Ron Marinaccio, but with a lot more players.
You need payroll flexibility and the best analytics department to do it.
It’s a work in progress, organizationally, but Boone is not to be blamed for all its failures.
His 14-17 postseason can certainly improve, yes, but not everything depends on him.
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