TAMPA, Fla. ( Associated Press) — Yankees boss Hal Steinbrenner expects Aaron Boone to stay on as manager.
“As far as Boone is concerned, we signed him and for the same reasons I mentioned a year ago: I think he’s a very good manager,” Steinbrenner told the Yankees’ player development complex on Wednesday. Said leaving. “I don’t see any change there.”
Last October, Boone agreed to a three-year deal with a club option to renew him in 2025. In his fifth season as a manager, New York was 61–23 in July, which began to draw comparisons with the Yankees. 1998 Champion.
But plagued by injuries, New York went through the rest of the season with a 38-40 record.
Cleveland extended the division series to a maximum of five games, but lost to New York. The Yankees succumbed to Houston in a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series.
“We didn’t work … it’s time to do it,” admitted Steinbrenner. “Any year we don’t win a championship is disappointing. We’ve had great times, then some bad times. Like everyone else, we got some injuries.
“But you have to give credit to the Astros. They are a very good team from head to toe. We couldn’t give our best level of play.”
New York changed managers 21 times in 36 seasons from 1973 to 2008, when Georg Steinbrenner was controlling owner. There has been only one driver change in 14 seasons with Hal Steinbrenner – Boone replaced Joe Girardi after the 2017 season.
The Yankees have not appeared in the World Series since 2009, when they won their 27th title.
New York did not have second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who will need surgery on the big toe, and outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who is recovering from wrist surgery, in the postseason.
Steinbrenner declined to discuss the impending decision of outfielder Aaron Judge, who could become a free agent.