New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner plans to keep Aaron Boone as his manager.
“As far as Boone goes, we just signed him and for the same reasons I listed a year ago, I think he’s a very good manager,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday as he left the Yankees’ player development complex. “I don’t see any changes there.”
Last October, Boone agreed to a three-year deal through 2025 with the team. In his fifth season as a manager, New York rolled to a 61-23 record in early July, drawing comparisons to the 1998 champion Yankees. But burdened by injuries, the Yankees went 38-40 the rest of the way.
Cleveland extended the division streak to five games before New York was defeated in four games by Houston in the AL Championship Series.
“We didn’t get the job done … it’s time to get it done,” Steinbrenner said. “Anytime we don’t win a championship, it’s a disappointing year. We’ve had a lot of good ups, we’ve had some downs, we’ve had injuries like everybody else.”
“But you have to give it away Astros” Steinbrenner added. “They are a very good team from top to bottom. We just didn’t bring our “A” game.
The Yankees have not made a World Series appearance since winning their 27th championship in 2009.
Steinbrenner refused to consider releasing the outfielder Aaron Judge.
Hours before Opening Day, Judge opted out of a seven-year, $213.5 million contract from 2023 to 2029, opting instead to remain eligible for free agency after the World Series.
He set an American League record with 62 homers, tied for the major league lead with 131 RBI and finished second in the AL with a .311 average. But he hit just .139 with three RBIs and 15 strikeouts in postseason play, going 1-for-16 (.063) with no RBIs against the Astros.
Steinbrenner spent Monday at Yankee Stadium with general manager Brian Cashman for initial discussions of the upcoming offseason.
“We haven’t talked about anything yet,” Steinbrenner said. “Cash and I had some previous conversions.”
Cashman, general manager since 1998, is finishing a five-year contract.
Besides the umpire, the pitcher Jameson TaillonBenintendi and utilities Matt Carpenter and Marvin Gonzalez have the right to free will along with reliefs Chad Green, Miguel Castro, Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman.
This is reported by the Associated Press.
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