The Aaron Boone Experiment: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

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    When Aaron Boone was hired before the 2018 season the expectation was to make a World Series appearance, and although the Yankees haven’t made a World Series appearance the Aaron Boone tenure hasn’t been as bad as it seems. In Aaron Boone’s first season as Yankees manager, the Yankees went 100-62 which was good enough for 2nd in the AL East to the 108 win Boston Red Sox, who just so happened to defeat the Yankees in 4 games in the ALDS. In Boone’s second season as Yankees manager, the Yankees won the AL East with 103 wins before losing in 6 games in the ALCS to the Houston Astros, which led many fans to believe that the Yankees were one piece away from returning to the World Series. The Yankees went out in the off-season and got Gerrit Cole who at this point is one of the best pitchers in the MLB, but ever since the 2019 ALCS, the Yankees have underperformed. Entering the 2020 season the Yankees had lofty expectations from both baseball analysts and Yankees fans after signing Gerrit Cole to a massive 9-year deal worth up to $324 Million Dollars. The 2020 season was a 60-game sprint that saw the Yankees finish 33-27 which to many was an underperformance of a season, but they still made the postseason before losing to the 40-20 Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games in the ALDS. The Yankees didn’t really improve their roster from 2020 to the 2021 season mainly because of luxury tax concerns, they did however re-sign Dj LeMahieu who had a terrific 2019 and 2020 season. The 2021 Yankees just couldn’t figure it out all season it felt like, they won 13 straight games at one point in the season and followed that up by going 2-8 in their next 10 games. The Yankees would finish the season with 92 wins which was the lowest win total under Aaron Boone in a 162 game season, and their second-lowest win total since 2017 when they won 91 games. The Yankees would have to travel to Boston for a one-game-winner-take-all wild card game, and they didn’t look good at all losing 6-2. Many fans have been calling to get Aaron Boone out of town, but reports have stated that the Yankees are “inclined” to keep Aaron Boone as manager, and I don’t hate that move. Aaron Boone has won 328 games as the manager of the Yankees and while he does have some flaws, it’s tough to find managers who are perfect and don’t have flaws. Reports have said that the players love Aaron Boone which is good because you obviously don’t want to have your players not like the manager of the team, and I’d expect Boone to receive a 2-year deal to remain the manager of the New Yor Yankees.

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