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Yankees: The Case For and Against Bringing Back Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees have an option on manager Aaron Boone and must decide if they’ll bring him back for next year. Should they?

As the curtain closes on another season where the New York Yankees fail to even make The Fall Classic, the Bombers are faced with some major questions; and not just the ones on the field. In particular, the New York Yankees have a 2021 option on manager Aaron Boone, and many Yankee fans wonder whether or not they’ll pick it up or move on from their manager of three seasons.

This leads people to question not necessarily if the Yankees will pick up Boone’s option, but rather should they pick up Boone’s option, or alternatively let him walk away. The arguments are compelling for both sides.

Against: Poor Game Management

Boone tends to make… questionable calls, to say the least, when it comes to the Yankees and they’re pitching. The most recent example comes in the form of Game 2 of the ALDS, where the Yankees went with an opener in Deivi Garcia, which eventually led to J.A. Happ getting the bulk of the innings and getting shelled. Boone and the Yankees were killed for this creative decision, given it did not work out. However, there is a portion of blame to be put on the front office, as well, as they likely had something to say about using the opener strategy, too.

Regardless, Boone seems to still have an issue with either taking starters out too early or leaving arms in too long, costing the team runs and even ballgames in a few instances. Few would disagree with that.

Against: Stale Yankees Clubhouse?

This is all speculation, but who’s to say the players are starting to sour on Boone? Something that led to former-manager Joe Girardi’s firing following the 2017 season is that the message simply got dry. In particular, the benching of Gary Sanchez that season seemed to play a big role in Girardi’s firing. Boone and the Yankees benched Sanchez this postseason. See the correlation?

Don’t get me wrong, there are also rumors that the Yankees may move on from Gary Sanchez, but if they plan on keeping him, don’t be shocked if he or the rest of the players dictate Boone’s future in Pinstripes.

For: It’s Always Injuries

A valid point in defending Aaron Boone is pointing to the injuries the Yankees deal with. Last season, the Bombers were riddled by injuries and fell flat. This year, injuries to Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and others dragged the Bombers down during the regular season, with more injuries to pitchers James Paxton and Luis Severino playing major roles in the playoffs.

People would argue that we can’t judge Boone fully until he has his full team at his disposal, and that’s not a bad point.

For: Hurting the Yankees and Their Culture

If the clubhouse hasn’t soured on Boone, making a managerial change may not be the smartest decision. Think about it: with a team that has been here for the past three years under Boone and has made the playoffs all three seasons, would making a managerial change be a wise decision? Doing something as major as swapping out managers may cause a cultural rift in the clubhouse that the team may take time to get used to, which would hurt more than help. If you’re the Yankees, do you really want to have to adjust to a whole new managerial philosophy while being under the pressure of trying to win a championship?

Either way, I believe the Yankees will pick up Boone’s option. Having said that, the case for letting him go is completely valid, and another lost season may put him on the hot seat.

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