Ever wonder why Aaron Judge felt the need to comment on the Yankees misuse of analytics? That's the captain of the baseball team. The best player in baseball not named Shohei Ohtani. A guy who usually keeps to himself and isn't compelled to spill the beans or tip the apple cart.
Because there's clearly some sort of disconnect between the front office and dugout. It's been evident with the roster construction over the last few years. It's been evident with the trades the front office has made since 2021. It's been evident based on Aaron Boone constantly lying or fumbling over his words when he's asked questions about anything.
Though there are many reasons behind the alleged disconnect we won't be able to pinpoint until the tell-all book comes out in 20 years, perhaps this could be the start of the information snowball that exposes the Yankees for their poor practices and unprofessional communication.
Per Brendan Kuty of The Athletic (subscription required), there were complaints after the 2023 campaign about the ways in which the front office would handle their business disseminating information they desired to relay.
And it sounds a lot like what's been the suspected problem in San Diego with AJ Preller (subscription required).
Yankees insider reveals clear disconnect between front office and dugout
Perhaps Judge caught onto whatever was happening and then was implored to speak out after three straight seasons of disastrous results.
"One of the complaints that came up at the end of the season among coaches and players was the consistency with which front office members would bring statistics or other information to players directly, often bypassing Yankees coaches. It was not exactly appreciated by some instructors and players, particularly veterans. The process by which information is delivered to players is expected to change next season, according to two sources with knowledge of the team’s decision-making processes, perhaps with a coach or coaches acting as an information filter for some players."- Brendan Kuty, The Athletic
UPDATE: Yankees making change with practice that was clearly designed to undermine somebody and create friction. Anybody out there still want to blame Aaron Boone for this team's shortcomings? If someone's going over his head at every turn, what's he supposed to do short of quitting?
The Yankees having their worst season in 30 years as the issues fans have complained about since 2020 crescendoed and then crashed over the organization like a tidal wave is no coincidence. The decision makers have not only ignored the fans, but they've ignored what's historically worked for the Yankees, in addition to what's bred success for the other organizations around them.
The fans are simply fed up with feeling as if they've been right all along, only to be lied to by the team when the incriminating information leaks.