Aaron Boone will be back with Yankees, Steinbrenner says
NEW YORK – Hal Steinbrenner is running it back with manager Aaron Boone next season.
On Wednesday, the Yankees’ managing general partner told the Associated Press that the organization planned to have Boone back at the helm in 2023.
“I don’t see a change there,’’ Steinbrenner said to AP writer Mark Didtler at the Yankees’ player development complex at Tampa, Fla.
Inheriting a pennant-contending club in 2018, Boone has yet to take the Yankees to a World Series in his five seasons as manager, taking over for Joe Girardi.
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Boone drew deeper criticisms during the Yankees’ four-game sweep by their October nemesis, the Houston Astros, for questionable in-game moves and lineup decisions.
Last October, Boone was signed to a three-year extension with an option for 2025, after the Yankees were eliminated in a one-game Wild Card at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.
“As far as Boone’s concerned, we just signed him and for all the same reasons I listed a year ago,’’ said Steinbrenner. “I believe he is a very good manager.’’
According to the AP report, Steinbrenner declined to address the impending free agency of slugger Aaron Judge.
As for Brian Cashman’s situation, “Cash and I had some preliminary conversations’’ Monday in New York about the general manager’s status, said Steinbrenner.
Cashman is on an expiring contract but has enjoyed the full backing of ownership since Steinbrenner officially took over the club’s operations in 2010, following the death of his father, George Steinbrenner.
In late August, Cashman outlined again why Boone was the right man for the job.
“He’s even-keeled,’’ Cashman said. “It’s important for our players to see that, because if he can keep his temperament the same, for the most part, they don’t see panic.
“It doesn’t mean he can’t lose his cool, which he will from time to time, when necessary,’’ Cashman said. “But I think his demeanor is vitally important, in a market like this, especially.’’