Mariano Rivera walks back on Aaron Boone sacking statement

Mariano Rivera and Aaron Boone

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Mariano Rivera first sought the dismissal of Yankees manager Aaron Boone but he walked back on his statement after Hal Steinbrenner disclosed his plan to go to the 2023 season with the same manager.

Following yet another loss in the postseason, the five-time World Series champion commented on the performance of Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Mariano Rivera’s statement generated some headlines as a result of his comments.

Mariano Rivera told during a conference of Panamanian business leaders:

“If I’m the owner, Aaron Boone wouldn’t stay. When things don’t come out the way we want them to all of the fault goes on the manager and somebody has to pay the price and we won’t put that on the players.”

ESPN put up online a recording of what he said in Spanish during the videoconference on Tuesday.

But it was pretty much confirmed within the next few hours by Hal Steinbrenner that Boone will continue in his role as manager of the Yankees, which is one of the many controversial topics surrounding the team.

Even though many fans on social media and on sports talk radio strongly agreed with Mariano Rivera’s statement, the 13-time All-Star player with the most saves ever quickly took them back and said it was all a big misunderstanding.

Mariano Rivera said to the Associated Press:

“I said when a team like this, the New York Yankees, is expected to win, the season that they had, and they don’t make it to the end, always the manager is the one that always ends up paying. Although the manager doesn’t hit, the manager doesn’t pitch, the manager doesn’t run, the manager doesn’t do nothing but manage and make sure everybody’s ready to play, unfortunately, they never fire the whole team, they always fire the manager. I was giving a generic estimation. And obviously they took it out of context.”

Boone has a new three-year deal that he signed after last season. He is in the second year of that deal. He has taken the Yankees to the postseason every year he has been in charge, and his overall record is 427 wins and 281 losses. Fans have been asking for change, though, ever since the Bombers missed the World Series for the 13th straight year and lost to the Houston Astros for the third time in six years in the ALCS.

Steinbrenner told his manager that he had his support and took him off the hot seat right away. The owner of the Yankees didn’t say anything bad about his team’s captain. Instead, he gave credit to the team that sent the Yankees home.

“As for Boone, we just hired him, and I think he’s a very good manager for all the same reasons I gave a year ago,” Steinbrenner told an AP reporter Wednesday outside the Yankees’ player development complex in Tampa. “I don’t see any difference.”

“We didn’t get the job done, it’s time to get it done,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s a bad year for us whenever we don’t win a championship. We had many good times, some bad times, and injuries like everyone else.

Steinbrenner added, “But you have to give it to the Astros.” “From top to bottom, they have a very good team. We just did not do our best.”

Boone’s continuation for the upcoming season appears to be a given, and even though Brian Cashman is currently without a contract, the same can probably be said for him.

Mariano Rivera had to eat his own words.

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