1. Aaron Boone
And yet … here we are! Doing this again.
When the season ended to dead silence from Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner, we knew that meant that Aaron Boone was coming back to partner with the front office once again and lead the 2022 Yankees.
What we didn’t see coming was the length of his new contract: three years, at least two of which are sure to be interminable, and one of which that’s already been truncated.
We’re not sure what happened to Boone following the 2019 season, when he learned from his ’18 mistakes against Boston and led an injury-battered unit (seriously, battered) to the precipice of the World Series and 103 wins. The team hasn’t possessed the same variety of mojo or fight in the two years that have followed — bizarre years, to say the least — and it felt as if a changing of the guard was merited entering a pivotal season and a contract year for Aaron Judge.
The bright side? Boone will have an all-new coaching staff in place on the offensive side of the ball, which could be helpful in diagnosing last year’s problem. Minor-league hitting coordinator Dillon Lawson has been promoted to the MLB level, and he’ll be flanked by fellow minor-league instructor Casey Dykes and ex-Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens.
Meulens, for what it’s worth, was also a finalist for the Yankees managerial job back in 2017-18, edged out by Boone. Another candidate, Carlos Beltran, has been hired by the YES Network as part of his rehabilitation tour.
Perhaps Boone isn’t quite as secure as the three-year figure would have you believe.