Here it is. The news most New York Yankees fans have been dreading to hear. And an official announcement has already been published. There’s no turning back now.
According to early-morning reports from those very much plugged into the organization, manager Aaron Boone is returning to the team in 2022 … and for two years after that. It’s the same contract he received back before the 2018 season — a three-year deal with an option for a fourth.
Jack Curry of the YES Network first revealed that Boone would be returning and Joel Sherman of the New York Post came in with the contract details.
The Yankees have their manager, but all this tells the fans is that the organization doesn’t really have a plan moving forward other than to simply keep “running it back.”
And that was everyone’s fear, because this Yankees team is not good enough AND it doesn’t have an experienced/unflappable leader. If you’re not making changes with the leader of the clubhouse, what kind of message does that send? And is the new third base coach really going to be that leader?
You mean to tell us Boone is going to manage the post-2022 Yankees, which is expected to be an almost completely different roster?
Aaron Boone is returning as Yankees manager and it shows there’s no plan in place.
Whether you place a majority of the blame on the players or not for what transpired in 2021, the fact of the matter is that this roster only got better from the moment Boone arrived in the Bronx. The past four years saw various upgrades and new iterations of a lineup and pitching staff that were obviously better than what we had seen each preceding campaign.
The result? Fewer wins. Even worse playoff futility. Maybe it’s the wrong assortment of players. That’s certainly up for debate. But you simply cannot gut an entire roster and start anew. The easiest solution would’ve been to figure out what to do with the man in charge, and instead ownership and the front office felt getting rid of the hitting coach and third base coach would solve deep-rooted problems.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are back in the ALCS with a wildly overperforming roster likely thanks to the work of manager Alex Cora, who has been pressing all the right buttons since arriving in Boston. That’s the Yankees’ direct competition, and Cora and the Sox have owned Boone and the Yankees since 2018 (outside of the 2020 season which Boston clearly punted without Cora).
We really wonder what owner Hal Steinbrenner will be saying after the 2024 season if there’s nothing to show for him giving the green light to spend more money and upgrade the roster.
Yes, the players were bad in 2021. Injuries plagued this team in 2019 and 2020, too. But everyone was healthy this past year and the results were by far the worst we’ve seen in a full season with this much talent in a very long time.
But the Yankees will have it their way again. And they’ll see if another three years of Boone (with likely a third almost completely different roster) was actually the problem.