New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone seems to be on the hot seat every year. This season is no exception.
It does not help that the Yankees have gotten off to a surprisingly slow start. They have fallen off after an 8-4 start and are now hovering around .500, fighting to stay out of the AL East basement. Boone’s surprising decision to pull Domingo German at just 88 pitches while he needed two outs for a complete game led to a loss that the Yankees could not afford.
Aaron Boone not entirely to blame for New York Yankees struggles
After that loss, the calls began once more for Boone to be fired. It is seemingly an annual rite of spring, there with birds returning and flowers blooming. Yet, just like Rasputin in the days of the tzars, Boone keeps rising from the dead to live another day.
While it is fair to question his acumen on the bench, it is also difficult to blame Boone for the Yankees’ struggles. He may be best remembered for his homer in the 11th inning of Game Seven in the 2003 ALCS, but he is not swinging the bat any longer. However, as the Yankees have scored three or fewer runs in 14 of their last 18 games entering Tuesday, maybe he should come out of retirement.
Boone has also been a fairly successful manager despite a string of flawed rosters. The Yankees have every year of his tenure and have not finished worse than second in the AL East. Should the roster get healthy, they will be right back into contention again this year. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino and the recently activated Harrison Bader will help hide a lot of those flaws.
The calls for Aaron Boone’s head are starting once more. Firing the manager will not fix the New York Yankees’ problems.