If you thought Yankees manager Aaron Boone was on the hot seat, think again.
It wasn’t long ago we were talking about what could happen to manager Aaron Boone if the New York Yankees missed the postseason in 2020. In case you weren’t aware, Boone has a team option for the 2021 season that the Yankees will have to decide whether they’ll exercise it when the offseason arrives.
Sitting at 21-21 two weeks ago, the Bombers ripped off 10 straight wins, clinched a playoff spot, and now own a 32-25 record. Could be better, could be worse, but it appears general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic for what’s to come after this campaign.
Cashman appeared on Jon Heyman’s “Big Time Baseball” podcast and said he wants to have Boone around for “a long time,” which could only indicate that the 2021 option will obviously be exercised and a contract extension should to follow.
"“We obviously have a club option for him but certainly hope that we can have him for a long time … I had a chance to work with Joe Girardi for 10 years and Joe Torre for 10 years, and I’d love to be in a position to have Aaron Boone be here for a similar type of timeframe.”"
Woah! We bet many of you didn’t expect that … but at the same time, this is the Yankees and the organization is about continuity rather than constant turnover. New York has had four managers since the start of the 1992 season, and with all of the success the team has had under Boone, despite the postseason disappointments, it was kind of a long shot that he wouldn’t be back for 2021 and beyond unless something very, very bad happened.
So there you have it. Get used to Boone and his vague, cushy postgame comments. Familiarize yourself with the shaky bullpen management. Perhaps even expect some more befuddling lineup cards! Sure, Boone has his flaws, but the fact of the matter is he’s 235-146 as the Yankees’ manager since the start of 2018 to go along with a 7-7 postseason mark.
Assuming the team can stay healthy for a majority of the foreseeable future with Gerrit Cole now in town for another eight years, Boone and the Yankees could see a lot of success if he’s in the Bronx for a decade.