After losing to the Boston Red Sox in the 2021 AL Wild Card, Aaron Boone‘s job as skipper of the New York Yankees seemed in jeopardy. But Yankees GM Brian Cashman and the Bronx Bombers front office ended any notion of shaky ground, by offering Boone a contract extension to manage the Yankees as far as 2025.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing for the Yankees future?
The Yankees have no concept of how to solve their problem, let alone what the problem is. The Yankees are also the team that was “SO CLOSE” to trading for deGrom, Syndergaard, Ohtani, Scherzer, or any big-name player they think they can buy. And yet, the Yankees, with their embarrassment of riches, have reached the ALCS just once in the Aaron Boone Era. That’s not contract extension worthy; that’s a fireable offense.
Aaron Boone was supposed to be the guy who could take them across the finish line. Since he took over, the Yankees got Cole, Gallo, Rizzo, and Stanton, and they have done what? Lose to the Red Sox every postseason? Waste another AL East divisional title? Aaron Boone simply is not the guy to lead this team into battle.
It’s not like there’s a swath of farmhands coming up from Scranton ready to save the day. The Yankees are gasping for air in an AL East that is only getting more competitive. The Red Sox are on the edge of their 3rd World Series appearance in the last decade, the Blue Jays are built on young power bats that will only get better with age, and the Orioles are stocking up prospects and draft picks like they’re prepping for nuclear winter.
The Yankees need a change in the organization, and now that Boone’s remaining at the helm, Brian Cashman has all but promised another three or four years of mediocrity. And if you think Boone’s time in the Captain’s chair has been worthwile, remember this is the New York Yankees. Losing is not success.
Who does this extension help? Does it create stability in the clubhouse? No. Does is it give Yankee fans something to look forward to over the next three seasons? No. All this does is double down on a poor decision made after the 2017 ALCS, and that’s not the way the Bronx Bombers want to start their offseason.
- / 11 months ago
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