Last Updated on November 7, 2023 at 2:31 pm by Amanda Cunha
In a recent announcement, the New York Yankees revealed that their manager, Aaron Boone, will be returning to lead the team for the 2024 MLB season. This decision was made public by Yankees chairman Hal Steinbrenner, who shared that several individuals had recommended retaining Boone as the manager for the upcoming season.
What happened with the Yankees in 2023?
The 2023 season proved to be one of the most disappointing and lackluster campaigns for the Yankees in nearly three decades. It was a stark departure from their usual standard of performance, with the last time they had a losing regular-season record being in 1992 when they posted a 76-86 record. In 2023, the Yankees finished with a record of 82-80, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Their postseason hopes were dashed with a week remaining in the regular season, and they ended up seven games behind the final American League wild-card spot.
Numerous challenges plagued the team throughout the season, starting with a series of injuries that disrupted their momentum. Notably, the reigning American League MVP, Aaron Judge, missed a significant portion of the season due to a torn toe ligament. Starting pitcher Carlos Rodón’s season was delayed due to a forearm ailment, and he struggled upon his return, accumulating a 6.85 ERA over 14 appearances. Other key players, including pitchers Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, also missed significant time due to injuries and struggled upon their return. These injuries were a significant obstacle that Boone had to contend with, and they were largely beyond his control.
However, the Yankees’ struggles may be indicative of broader issues in how the team has been constructed and managed in recent years. Despite having one of the highest payrolls in baseball, the Yankees have only clinched one World Series championship since 2000. General manager Brian Cashman, who has overseen four World Series victories (1998-2000, 2009), has faced criticism for decisions that have led to the team’s top-heavy roster, heavily reliant on the performances of a few key players, such as Aaron Judge and ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. Some of the costly decisions made by the front office, including acquiring declining veterans or failing to build a strong starting rotation, have hindered the team’s overall performance.
In a significant move during the season, the Yankees fired their hitting coach, Dillon Lawson, marking the first time such an action had been taken during Cashman’s tenure, which began in 1998. The team brought in former big leaguer Sean Casey to fill the role.
Aaron Boone’s stats
Aaron Boone, who had a successful playing career in the majors from 1997 to 2009, is best known for his 11th-inning, game-winning home run in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, sending the Yankees to the World Series. He transitioned to a career as an ESPN baseball broadcaster and analyst from 2010 to 2017 before stepping into the role of the Yankees’ manager in 2018.
Boone’s initial seasons as manager saw strong regular-season performances, with the Yankees posting 100-62 in 2018 and 103-59 in 2019. However, their postseason runs ended with losses to the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros in the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series, respectively. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Yankees advanced to the second round of the playoffs but were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2021, their playoff run was short-lived, with a loss to the Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game.
The 2022 season brought renewed hope as Aaron Judge, the American League MVP, led the Yankees with his impressive 62 home runs, resulting in a 99-win season. However, their playoff hopes were dashed once again by the Houston Astros in the ALCS. The 2023 season turned out to be a nightmarish one for Yankees fans, marked by disappointment.
Nonetheless, the New York Yankees have chosen to retain Aaron Boone as their manager for the 2024 season, aiming to put the challenging 2023 season behind them and regain their winning form.
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