Last Updated on September 26, 2023 at 6:52 am by Inna Zeyger
Aaron Boone remains resolute and forward-looking, undeterred even after presiding over the first regular-season game in his managerial career with no postseason implications. In the wake of the Yankees’ extinguished playoff aspirations, the manager was queried about his job security. To this, he responded by affirming that the notion of his last home game as the Yankees’ manager hadn’t crossed his mind. His focus remains firmly fixed on the path ahead.
“Not until you mentioned it right now, no,” Aaron Boone said on Monday.
Instead, the Yankees manager expressed that his thoughts have already been consumed by brainstorming ways to enhance the team’s prospects for 2024.
Aaron Boone conveyed, prior to the club’s 6-4 victory over the D-backs, that he didn’t fret over it. He elaborated that it was beyond his control. He expressed full comfort in his identity and the aspects he can manage. In his view, he is diligently addressing everything to enter the offseason equipped to bolster the team’s chances of contending for a championship. Aaron Boone emphasized that this was the primary objective, and he would maintain his focus in that direction until such time as the organization decides otherwise.
Aaron Boone’s first season without playoffs
Aaron Boone’s managerial tenure commenced with impressive back-to-back 100-win seasons, culminating in an ALCS appearance in 2019. The team encountered a bump in the road during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, exiting the playoffs in the ALDS. They followed that with a wild card round elimination after a strong 92-win showing in 2021.
However, the Yankees bounced back in the subsequent year, clinching 99 victories and the AL East title. Their postseason journey, unfortunately, concluded with a sweep by the Astros in the ALCS.
In contrast, the narrative in 2023 has taken a markedly different turn under Aaron Boone. With a record of 78-77 entering Monday’s contest, the Yankees find themselves in the midst of their final week of games, striving to avoid their first losing season since 1992.
Yankees likely to retain Aaron Boone
It is widely speculated that managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman (the latter contracted through 2026) have engaged in discussions about Aaron Boone’s future, leaning toward retaining the 50-year-old manager for the 2024 season.
However, a conclusive decision will not be reached until the baseball operations department conducts its end-of-season meetings in early October. Interestingly, Aaron Boone’s demeanor in recent media sessions has shifted from passionate intensity to a more composed disposition, a change he attributed to his faith.
“Whether things are going great or whether you’re in a really tough place, I’ve always been able to have a decent perspective on things,” Boone said. “All I can do is the best I can do.”
Yankees captain Aaron Judge has voiced his support for Aaron Boone’s continued tenure as manager. However, in a departure from his usual diplomatic stance, Judge made a pointed critique on Sunday, expressing his belief that there are significant issues within the team that require attention.
Aaron Boone’s contract extends through the upcoming season, and the Yankees have not terminated a manager midway through a contract since the dismissal of Stump Merrill after the 1991 season. Merrill was replaced by Buck Showalter during George Steinbrenner’s suspension.
Yankees fans’ reaction
Even Yankees fans have resigned to the idea that the Yankees are not going to dump Aaron Boone. When Bryan Hoch shared on X, formerly Twitter, quoting the manager that “he didn’t consider the possibility that this could be his last home game as Yankees manager,” fan reactions were subdued.
Most of them accepted that they don’t see Boone as the main culprit and were not detested to see him back. However, many continue with their demand to fire Cashman.
However, there are also others who clamor for his head too.
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