3 insane stats that prove the Yankees should fire Aaron Boone right now

It is time.
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The New York Yankees are 6-16 in their last 22 games. They haven't won a series in their last seven tries. They haven't won back-to-back games in about a month. Once again, for the third straight year, the team has thrown everything they accomplished in the first two-plus months of the season right back into the trash.

And for a while, collectively, fans and media members blamed the players. It's certainly on the players, yes. They need to execute. But when stuff like this becomes a trend with different personnel and different assistant coaches, it's only appropriate to blame the manager and the general manager next.

Though this Yankees roster has its flaws, Brian Cashman did his job. He went out and traded for Juan Soto. He signed Marcus Stroman. He got rid of more dead weight and brought in other meaningful players like Jon Berti. Injuries have struck again, like they have for every other team, but the Yankees have proven for the third year in a row that they cannot overcome them.

Whose fault that might be? When you go from the undisputed best team in the league to the absolute worst, you have to think it's on the messaging in the dugout and clubhouse. This team is not focused. They are not dialed in. They are once again lifeless. And that's on the manager. Perhaps it's time to make a change.

3 insane stats that prove Yankees should fire Aaron Boone right now

What are the Yankees doing on the bases?

Stat update! The Yankees have not stolen a base in their last 20 games, which is tied for the organization's longest streak ever (it also happened in 1963). That was 61 years ago. Over this span of play, the Yankees are getting crushed. They're failing to get timely hits and failing to put runners in scoring position.

Yet there's been no discernible change in approach in nearly a month. It wasn't until a few days ago Boone realized Anthony Volpe could no longer hit leadoff after batting .220 with a .238 on-base percentage in June. That's when he made the switch to Ben Rice.

But beside that, Volpe should be stealing every time he gets on first base. Boone somehow helped minimize those opportunities when the youngster was slumping. Volpe has attempted a grand total of 11 steals in his last 61 games, which is way down from eight in his first 30. Why is Oswaldo Cabrera almost never stealing? This team might not be the most athletic, but they're not utilizing their athletes and they're not trying to beat the opposing pitcher/catcher, especially after Alex Cora made a fool of them with Jose Trevino's noodle arm a few weeks ago.

They're playing the same brand of lazy, predictable baseball that has gotten them buried from 2020-2023. Boone has oversaw some of the most disappointing and underwhelming Yankees teams in over 30 years and he still has the gall to say "it's right in front of us" after another series loss to the division-rival Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball.

No, Aaron, it's right in front of you, and you're not doing anything about it.

The Yankees let Rafael Devers pummel them into the dirt over and over

Want another hilarious quote from Sunday night's postgamer after the Yankees lost 3-0? Boone told the media that the Yankees have "invested a lot" in trying to get Rafael Devers out. The Red Sox slugger homered twice to lift Boston to victory and showed up Gerrit Cole for the 1,000th time on Saturday afternoon.

Any competent manager would've nipped this in the bud a long, long time ago. Instead, Boone, who has been the Yankees' manager since Devers became a full-time player with the Red Sox, has allowed the two-time All-Star to walk all over his team. Devers has single-handedly been the reason the Red Sox have been successful against New York over the last seven years.

It gets worse. Devers also has 11 go-ahead homers at Yankee Stadium since debuting in the Major Leagues. That's the most in Red Sox franchise history. More than David Ortiz. More than Ted Williams. Devers is 27 years old. He has at least a decade of ball left in him. How much longer will this go on for?

Whatever the Yankees are "investing" to get Devers out, it's not working. It's also just as simple as ... walking him. While the Red Sox have been impressive this year as they've done more with less, issuing Devers a free pass to face an inferior hitter should almost always be the move in a tight spot.

The Yankees continue to pitch to him. Boone is letting Cole serve fastballs over the middle. He's letting an exhausted Luis Gil get one last crack at Devers (shocker, he homered to break the tie on Sunday). This is managerial malpractice, not an execution failure on the players.

Another unacceptable stretch of play that's unique to Yankees history

The Yankees were the first team in MLB to reach 50 wins. Since then, they are 5-15, which is the worst record in the league over the last month or so. In a random year, this would obviously still be a cause for concern, but you wouldn't necessarily be calling for the manager to get fired.

But when it happens for the third year in a row after it only happened three total times in the past 21 years? That's a major, major problem. It's not like the warning signs weren't there, either. The shortened 2020 season was a disaster when it was supposed to be a prime opportunity to make a run. The 2021 campaign featured the most agonizing 162-game stretch from a "contending" team you'll ever see.

Boone is unable to stop the bleeding when the Yankees show signs of a spiral. It doesn't matter if his lineup has Joey Gallo or Juan Soto in it — the result has been the same. The Yankees' manager's job is to do his best to keep the team out of the news for all the wrong reasons, and Boone never does that. He makes things worse. He cannot eloquently answer a tough question. He stumbles over his words. His actions, outside of the occasional fun ejection, are nonexistent. Every roster/lineup change he makes always comes too late. He defends his players when there's an obvious reason to discipline them. He's their friend, not their boss.

The sick part is that the warning signs with this particular team were very much there even when they raced out to a league-best start. The athleticism issues were still looming. The RISP failures. The fundamentals. The defensive lapses. The situational hitting. The body language.

This team went from barking "dawgs" to scared kittens. Boone has once again done a bad job reading and commanding the room for the fourth year in a row. A team's manager isn't usually the problem, but it's never before felt as convincing as it does right now for Aaron Boone and the Yankees.

If the front office operates based on numbers, then these tidbits should lead them to the root cause.