Aaron Boone to return as manager of the New York Yankees

Aaron Boone to return as manager of the New York Yankees

Aaron Boone, who has led the New York Yankees to the postseason in each of his four seasons in the Bronx, will return as manager with a new three-year contract with a club option for 2025, it was announced Tuesday.

“We have a person and a manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the insight of baseball and the widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us forward,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve. We need to improve. Period.

“I know that Aaron fully embraces our expectations of success and I look forward to harnessing his intelligence, instincts and leadership toward our next World Series championship.”

With his previous contract expiring at the end of the World Series, Boone’s job security came under scrutiny after the Yankees’ third-place finish in the AL East and their loss to rivals Boston Red Sox in the wild-card game of the American League.

His new contract is longer than that of general manager Brian Cashman, who is signed through the 2022 season.

Overall, Boone is 328-218 in his four seasons as manager, but the Yankees haven’t been to the World Series since 2009, the third longest drought in franchise history.

The last time a Yankees manager was allowed to manage a fifth season without winning a World Series ring was in 1922.

“When you’re the manager of this team and you wear the NY and these pinstripes, it’s a heavy load,” slugger Aaron Judge said after the team’s season ended. “But a guy like Booney, man, he wears it proudly, he shows up for work every day and he prepares us the right way, he keeps us motivated and he gets on with the guys when he needs to.

“It has been a pleasure in the last few years to play for him and fight for him every day. I could spend the whole night giving you the reasons why he should continue to be the coach.”

After leading the majors in runs scored from 2017 to 2020, the Yankees finished 19th in runs scored (711) during the 2021 season. They also had the sixth worst strikeout rate and there were front office complaints about adjustments. of the team during the season.

After the season, the team did not renew the contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames and third base coach Phil Nevin. The team was also not expected to bring back assistant hitting coach PJ Pilittere, sources confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN’s Buster Olney contributed to this report.

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