Skip to comments.Facing Boss-sized expectations, Boone must bring Bombers a World Series title
Posted on 12/07/2017 7:18:23 AM PST by GuavaCheesePuff
NEW YORK -- For Aaron Boone, it's like The Boss is back in town. The expectations for what he needs to accomplish as the next manager of the New York Yankees are straight from the late George Steinbrenners merciless ethos: Either win a World Series, or fail.
The job is a blessing and a curse. There is so much young talent on the roster and so much more on the way, which makes the Yankees a win-now team. But if Boone doesnt win over the next couple of years, fingers will be pointed at him and the man who hired him, general manager Brian Cashman.
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For the sake of Yankees fans everywhere, I hope he doesn’t manage like his father did!
At best, he’s got to reach the World Series at the end of 2018. I doubt that he’s around for more than two years.
The end of 2018 is his FIRST YEAR. Is that what you mean?
First time as a manager at any level, in the media cauldron that is New York. He’s going to have a tough time. Good Luck Aaron Boone!
I thought it odd he was hired, with no managerial or coaching experience at any level in baseball.
He comes from a baseball family, so maybe more knowledgeable about the game than others. But still, to be a manager of a major league team without relevant job experience seems very odd.
And it’s stranger still, that this major league team he will manage is a prominent team such as the Yankees.
Bruce Springsteen is going to deliver a title???
How would anyone know? He would just mumble something like “YnksPennantWrldSrs” and then ask his sax player to play shortstop.
Lay out the resumes of the 30 managers of the MLB. You would have to grade him as the least qualified guy for the job, and he get’s a Yankees position?
This would be like some Seinfeld episode.
“But still, to be a manager of a major league team without relevant job experience seems very odd.”
Good evaluator of talent and has good bench coaches. If he has decent communications and motivational skills he will do fine. Not sure the average age of a Yankee is these days, but having a younger manager for younger players will work to his benefit.
True. Levine, the Steinbrenners and Cashman will fire him if he doesn’t have a championship by 2020.
Hal is not his Father. For all the brohaha about not re-signing Girardi, the guy did last ten years. That is pretty impressive for any franchise.
True. Randy Levine is like his father, the Yanks’ president. He is more combative and aggressive than all of them.
Levine will call the shots, not Hal.
I can't think of any off the top of my head. Joe Maddon is the one who might make that list, but he made some staggeringly awful decisions in the World Series a couple of years ago that really make me question just how good he really is.
What you're seeing here is the total diminishment of the manager as a key figure for an MLB organization. A good manager was a strong asset when these guys managed on baseball instincts, but that doesn't happen anymore (and even when it did, you'd be hard pressed to make the case that a team's manager made a difference in more than a dozen games in any given season).
Nowadays, the manager simply serves as an extension of the front office, and does little more than make on-field decisions based on the same sabermetric databases that every team in the league uses. Managing personalities is more important than knowing baseball, and in that regard Aaron Boone has the easiest job in the world because he's moving into a "turnkey operation" where the roster decisions have already been made by someone else, and where there are no big egos for him to deal with.
This is a YUUGE gamble on the Yankees’ part.
He has a three-year contract for a total of $4 million (which is less than Girardi got for one year.)
That probably means they’ll give him some time to succeed. OTOH, at that rate, it’s reasonably risk-free to fire him if he doesn’t work out.
Maybe he’s just a transition manager, and the real target is not going to be available until the end of the 2019 season. If you notice, Don Mattingly’s Marlin contract goes to the end of 2019.
OTOH, they had a chance to hire Mattingly ten years ago, but chose Girardi instead.
(The three finalists wre Girardi, Mattingly, and Tony Pena.)
Levine calls nothing. He has no ownership in the business that is controlling.