Yankees’ analytics use under scrutiny: Boone backs external review

Aug 14, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Truist Park.
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Before the Yankees’ latest thrilling victory over the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has expressed again his support for an external review of the organization, particularly focusing on their use of analytics. This statement came in light of recent comments by team owner Hal Steinbrenner, who hinted at the possibility of such an assessment during the offseason.

The analytical focus: Yankees’ use of data under scrutiny

Aaron Boone, the manager of the New York Yankees
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Hal Steinbrenner’s remarks raised eyebrows as he acknowledged the need to scrutinize the team’s performance, given their disappointing season. Despite boasting a massive payroll, the Yankees found themselves in last place with a subpar win-loss record, plagued by issues such as roster construction, underperforming veterans, and injuries. The current focus of the organization is on evaluating their young talent for the 2024 season and beyond.

However, the offseason promises a more comprehensive evaluation, potentially leading to changes within the team’s leadership, including the status of manager Aaron Boone.

Boone welcomed the idea of an external review, stating, “I think it’s something [where] they’re looking at everything. I think it’s something that we’ve, on some level, wanted to do for years. There’s a lot that goes into going in and breaking down every department. So look, the more oversight you can have on everything you’re doing to try and find that higher ground in everything we do, it’s a great thing.”

Aaron Boone, the manager of the New York Yankees.

One aspect of Steinbrenner’s comments that drew significant attention was the emphasis on analytics. Some critics believe the Yankees have become overly reliant on advanced statistics, while others question the quality of the individuals analyzing the data. Boone, however, downplayed this aspect, stating, “I think it’s checking on everything. Analytics is all a part of that.”

In a separate development, the Yankees placed Ian Hamilton on the 15-day injured list due to a right groin strain, retroactive to August 31. Fellow right-handed reliever Greg Weissert has taken his place on the roster. Hamilton had previously suffered from the same injury earlier in the season but is expected to return later this year, according to Boone.

Aaron Boone, the manager of the New York Yankees
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Regarding a recent report suggesting a possible move of Gleyber Torres to the outfield, Boone mentioned that the idea had not reached his desk. However, he believes Torres is versatile enough to adapt if necessary, potentially allowing the Yankees to accommodate younger infielders.

Boone also provided an update on Anthony Rizzo’s status, confirming that the first baseman, who has been dealing with post-concussion syndrome, has not experienced setbacks. Rizzo has been participating in baseball activities in New York, and the team plans to discuss his future when they return home.

Overall, the Yankees’ disappointing season has prompted internal reflection, and the possibility of an external review signifies a commitment to identify and rectify their shortcomings.

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  1. The Yankees need to lessen their over reliance on analytics. From the minors on up to the big league club, there needs to be a sea change. They as an organization need to go back and stress the basic fundamentals of baseball such as just making contact on the baseball. Hitting the ball in the damn air doesn’t help you in the playoffs.

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