The New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, created a massive uproar on social media after his recent comments on Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
The New York Yankees have for long been one of the most successful teams in MLB, but their recent struggles have left many fans frustrated and angry. For instance, the team has failed to win a World Series title since 2009 despite reaching the playoff six consecutive times. On top of that, last year, the Bombers lost to Houston Astros in ALCS in a humiliating defeat.
Hence, this year, the fans wanted the Yankees to do better in terms of roster selection. All over the off-season, the fans continued to echo their voices while demanding the ouster of underperforming players. However, the Yanks’ front office is highly unfazed by the social media noise and continues to back the under-fire players. Meanwhile, Aaron Boone‘s recent statement on Isiah Kiner-Falefa has reignited the fire.
Aaron Boone Continues To Back Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Leaves Fans Frustrated
New York Yankees starting shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa faced immense public scrutiny over the past year due to constant failures. The New Yorkers bashed the shortstop and immediately demanded his ouster. However, the Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, is not paying heed to any requests. During the game against Pirated yesterday, Boone said he wants Isiah to play at least 4-5 times a week in spring training. Moreover, he could feature in multiple roles, such as starting shortstop and outfield.
Meanwhile, the statement did not go down well with the fans, who were quick to slam the Yankees. A Twitter user claimed Isiah Kiner-Falefa seems to have some kind of leverage over someone in the Yanks office as he cannot think of any other kind of logical explanation behind the backing of the shortstop. Further, a fan accused Boone of sabotaging Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe‘s careers by choosing someone an undeserving candidate like IKF over them. Meanwhile, a user wrote that the Yankees are putting up an act to increase or maintain IKF’s trade value by giving him more and more game time.
Another Trade Opportunities Opens Up For Yankees To Ship Out IKF
Trade rumors surrounding Isiah Kiner-Falefa have been rife all this off-season. At present, an opportunity has opened up for the Yankees to trade IKF to Colorado Rockies. During a spring training game, the Rockies’ second baseman, Brendan Rodgers, injured and dislocated his shoulder. Moreover, after necessary assessments, Brendan’s injury looks more severe than previously anticipated. Hence, he is likely to go under the knife.
If the baseman undergoes surgery, he could miss the 2023 MLB season. And who, other than Isiah Kiner-Falefa, could be a perfect replacement? IFK is an infielder with good flexibility and versatility. Adding him would not necessarily be an upgrade, but considering his experience, Isiah is the best choice for the Rockies. On the other hand, the Yankees could emerge as the gainers from the trade as they would earn an extra $6 million. We should have a clear word in a week or two.