Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been facing constant heat since he took the managerial job due to inconsistent team performance.
Aaron Boone took up the managerial job for the New York Yankees in 2018 by replacing Joe Girardi. In the past five years, Boone has done a fair job as the skipper. Under his reign, the Bombers made it to the playoffs every single year, twice in the ALCS. Moreover, Boone is the only manager under whom the Yankees managed to record 100 wins in two consecutive seasons.
However, the New York Yankees’ recent struggle in the ALCS has made Aaron Boone the villain of New York. The skipper had been made the scapegoat to hide the roster limitations. Despite putting in all efforts, Boone was accused of mishandling his managerial duties. Hence, the skipper is feeling more pressure this season than ever. However, to what extent is the criticism justified?
Aaron Boone, An Easy Target And A Scapegoat
Being a manager is by far one of the toughest jobs in baseball. From building a bullpen to choosing the best ones for the starting lineup to making crucial decisions during the season, the skipper’s job comes with many intimidating responsibilities. For Aaron Boone, the pressure doubles when the job is in New York. Over his five-year tenure, Boone has ensured the team remains at the top. However, the constant failure in the ALCS and the empty space on the trophy bracket has made Aaron take the fall for everything going wrong in the Yanks’ camp.
Last season, despite leading 64-28, the Yanks tripped in the postseason. Runs dried up as all the hitters lost form in a blink of an eye, except Aaron Judge. Moreover, Aaron Boone had to face humiliation for the team’s poor show as the “Fire Boone” chants echoed at Yankees stadium. However, is the criticism justified? No doubt, the Yankees come up with rare talents every season by spending enormous bucks. However, that certainly does not make them the best team in the tournament. There will be days when the opponent will emerge as the better team, and during those situations, things will go out of control no matter how big of a manager you are. Hence, the Yankees fans can keep booing Boone to hide the roster limitations, but the reality will not vanish under loud noise.
Yankees Manager Drops Major Hint On The Team’s Starting Shortstop Candidate
Ahead of the spring training, Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, addressed the bullpen issues. While speaking of the starting shortstop position, Boone said Anthony Volpe, Isiah Kiner Falefa, and Oswald Peraza would audition for the job in spring training. However, Boone spoke highly of Oswald Peraza and said he is pleased with the shortstop’s work ethic. Moreover, the manager confirmed that Peraza would have plenty of opportunities going forward.
Hence, Peraza looks like the favored choice of the front office for the starting shortstop role. Further, Boone did not rule out Volpe and Isiah and said all three prospects would have equal opportunities to show off their talent, and a decision would be made accordingly. The training camp will commence at the end of next week at the Yankees base camp in Tampa, Florida.