Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner praises Aaron Boone’s “baseball acumen”

New York Yankees, Hal Steinbrenner

The New York Yankees had to take a few days to analyze his future and his fit with the organization, but ultimately, they decided to bring back manager Aaron Boone on a deal that expires after the 2024 season. For three more campaigns (he has a club option for 2025), at least, the Bombers are committed financially to Boone.

Will they honor their commitment and maintain him in the position for the three years? That will be dictated largely by the results he can get, but owner Hal Steinbrenner showed a lot of faith in the 2003 postseason hero as a player and skipper since 2018.

“As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve,” Steinbrenner said, according to NJ Advance Media. “We need to get better. Period.”

The Yankees finished the 2021 season tied with the Boston Red Sox for the Wild Card in the American League, but lost the Wild Card game against their archrivals. Boone has been at the helm for four campaigns, with the 2019 American League Championship Series the furthest he has advanced.

The Yankees’ manager has the backing of the owner

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Boone himself are expected to take questions from the media on Tuesday afternoon.

“We have a person and manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us forward,” Steinbrenner said.

“I know Aaron fully embraces our expectations of success, and I look forward to drawing on his intelligence, instincts and leadership in pursuit of our next World Series championship.”

The Yankees opted not to retain the now former third base coach Phil Nevin (a close friend of Boone) and hitting coaches Marcus Thames and P.J. Pillitere. The team hasn’t announced their respective replacements yet.

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