Last season, the Yankees took a step back from game 7 in the ALCS to losing to the Boston Red Sox in 5 games in the ALDS. Many fans attributed this small decline to their new manager, Aaron Boone. Boone was making poor decisions in the regular season and postseason as he was continuously out-managed by the opposing teams. After one year, many fans wanted to see Boone ousted from the managerial position citing he was “too inexperienced” or his inability to “motivate players.” The Yankees have faced many injuries this season, but find themselves in just behind the Rays at the top of the American League East. Most fans are giving credit to Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Thiaro Estrada, and others for stepping up, but Aaron Boone deserves a lot of the attention for how well the Yankees are playing.
With players like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks out long term, it appeared as if the Yankees would undergo a major fall to the bottom of the standings. However, long-time minor leagues and prospects have been able to pick up the load with a “next-man-up” mentality. The Yankees sit half a game back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East with a 41-27 record. A major reason for the Yankees impressive record is because of Aaron Boone. In his second year as manager, Boone has proven that he has what it takes to be a big league skipper. His inexperience has worn off, and he’s been making much smarter decisions in the lineup card and the bullpen. A major weakness of his last season was when to pull a starter and who should be the reliever that comes into the game. Boone has figured all of this out, leading to less blown leads and more games in the win column. On April 15th, the Yankees were sitting at 10-10, and their depth chart was taking a heavy hit. Luckily, Aaron Boone was able to get the Yankees back to their winning ways, and they currently find themselves in a comfortable situation.
The Yankees have started to get some of their superstars off of the injured list, and they will look like the all-star team that Brian Cashman assembled in only a matter of weeks. Many analysts expected them to come back to a struggling squad fighting to remain relevant in the American League, but are battling for first place in the AL East. Boone has not gotten much credit for the Yankees stellar record, but he deserves a good chunk of it.
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