Aaron Boone returns as supervisor of the New York Yankees
Aaron Boone, who has led the New York Yankees into postseason in each of his four seasons in the Bronx, will return as manager on a new three-year contract with a club option for 2025, announced Tuesday.
“We have in Aaron Boone a person and a manager who has the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse that continues to lead us forward,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “As a team and as an organization we have to grow, develop and improve. We have to get better. Period.
“I know Aaron has met our expectations for success and I look forward to using his intelligence, instinct and leadership as we pursue our next World Series championship.”
With his previous contract scheduled to expire at the end of the World Series, Boone’s job security was put to the test after the Yankees finished third in the AL East and lost to rival Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game.
“I think I can help take us to the top. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I came back,” said Boone. “Ultimately, however, the proof lies in the pudding.”
Boone’s new contract goes beyond General Manager Brian Cashman’s contract, which will run until the 2022 season.
“A manager is only as good as the players he has,” Cashman said on Tuesday. “If he entered the free agent market, I think he would be the # 1 lead candidate in baseball.
Boone is a third-generation major league player who posted a pennant home run for the Yankees in 2003, the third-longest drought in franchise history.
“We want more and we expect more,” said Cashman.
The last time a Yankees manager could complete a fifth season without winning a World Series ring was in 1922.
“If you’re the manager of this team and you’re wearing the NY and wearing those pinstripes, it’s a heavy burden,” said thug Aaron Judge after the team’s season ended. “But a guy like Booney, man, he wears it proudly, comes to work every day and prepares us properly, motivates us and approaches guys when we have to.
“It’s been my pleasure to play for him and fight for him every day over the last few years. I could spend all night giving you reasons why he should still be the manager.”
After leading the majors in runs scored from 2017 to 2020, the Yankees finished 19th (711) in the 2021 season. They also had the sixth worst strikeout rate, and there were complaints in the front office about the team’s adjustments during the season.
Even after adding Rougned Odor, Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo to the season, the Yankees left-handed batter was last in the majors with a batting average of 0.207, 26th in home runs at 53 and 28th in RBIs with 148. Their right-handers hit .249 with 169 homers and 518 RBIs.
“Sometimes it was unstoppable, but often it was unseen,” said Cashman.
After the season, the team did not renew the contracts of punch coach Marcus Thames, third base coach Phil Nevin and deputy punch coach PJ Pilittere.
“That honestly hurt,” Boone said as he got rid of the three coaches. “It’s been a tough couple of days for me, to be honest. I just had to do a soul search.”
Boone’s grandfather, Ray, was a two-time all-star infielder from 1948 to 1960. His father Bob was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972 to ’90, then ran Kansas City from 1995 to ’97 and Cincinnati from 2001 to 2003. His brother Bret was a three-time All-Star second-player in a career in 1992-2005 the big league.
ESPN’s Buster Olney and The Associated Press contributed to this report.