The 2023 MLB season’s postseason has commenced without the New York Yankees’ participation for the first time since 2016. At the end of the day, baseball has its own way of humbling the mightiest force with uncertainties and unprecedented challenges. This year, the 27-time World Series champions got the taste of it.
The Yankees got knocked out of the playoff contention last week and wrapped up the season with a series loss against the Kansas City Royals. Nevertheless, the grind to 2024 will begin now. The franchise’s front office will meet this week in Tampa at their training facility to sort things out. Moreover, if ace Gerrit Cole is to be believed, players’ representation will play a vital role in the huddle.
Gerrit Cole Confirms Player Representation At Upcoming Yankees Front Office Meet!
The New York Yankees front office, consisting of owner Hal Steinbrenner and managerial duo Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone, will huddle up this week at the team’s training facility in Tampa. Apparently, various issues related to the 2023 season will be put on the table of discussion. Moreover, the decision-making team will try to figure out the solutions to the best of their capability. Having said that, the meeting will likely have player representation as well. As per ace pitcher Gerrit Cole, he and Aaron Judge will probably be consulted on some critical decisions regarding the roster. He feels that players’ voice needs to be heard as they are the core of a team.
Earlier, Aaron Judge also confirmed a meeting with Hal Steinbrenner in the coming weeks. He added that he has the right people listening. Moreover, the slugger had ideas for quick fixes, which he intended to put before Steinbrenner. Further elaborating on the potential changes, Gerrit Cole says he is open to anything that helps improve the team’s overall caliber. Additionally, Cole addressed the season’s shortcomings and blamed the lack of depth for the fallout. He feels that the roster’s inability to cover for players like Judge or Anthony Rizzo caused a sort of panic situation. Not only that, the team was unable to handle the rotational challenges as well. So, these factors collectively led to a huge slump, which pushed the Yankees completely out of the competition.
Aaron Judge Is Looking Forward To Fixing Things This Off-Season!
On the other hand, Aaron Judge, the captain, seems ready with a game plan to fix things. Right after the final series, he opened up on the importance of tweaking the age-old philosophies and the need to have tougher conversations. Judge said he has quickly fixed ideas in mind and will table it to owner Hal Steinbrenner at the right time.
But at the same time, there is only little he could do alone. Aaron Judge feels the entire organization must come together to reach a consensus. There has to be a sense of urgency to improve and get better. It’s high time the Yankees pull up their socks and ensure never to witness a repeat of an appalling season as the 2023 one.