After the latest loss by the New York Yankees, manager Aaron Boone may have sealed his fate and the club could be looking for a new job soon.
The season has not gone the way New York Yankees fans had thought it would.
At 6-11, the Yankees are tied with the Minnesota Twins for the worst record in the American League and if not for the 6-12 Colorado Rockies, the Yankees would be the worst team in baseball.
Not much has gone right for Aaron Boone’s team in April despite a bloated payroll and several All-Stars on the roster. When players don’t live up to expectations and their salary, it’s not often the players suffer the consequences. Rather, it’s the manager who is the victim and that is likely to be the case for Boone if the Yankees don’t reverse course and begin winning and begin winning soon.
Of course, it’s still early in the season for the Yankees to do just that, but Boone is off to the worst start since Stump Merrill in 1991. Anytime you have to go back to Merrill, you know you’re in trouble.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is in Stump Merrill territory and that ain’t good
Merrill took over for the fired Bucky Dent in 1990 and went 49-64 before going 71=91 in 1991 and finishing in fith place in the American League East.
As Yankees fan Rich Eisen points out in the tweet below, Merrill did not manage in 1992. In fact, he never managed another game ever again. Could Boone suffer a similar fate?
Aaron Boone becomes first Yankees manager to start a season 6-11 since Stump Merrill in 1991.
Stump did not make it to 1992.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) April 22, 2021
Boone won 100 and 103 games his first two seasons, respectively, when the Yankees lost in the ALDS and ALCS. The postseason success hasn’t been there like the Yankees are accustomed to and have come to expect.
In the 60-game shortened season in 2020, Boone led the Yankees to a 33-27 record and lost again in the ALDS.
If the Yankees miss the playoffs, will Boone be fired?
It depends if the Yankees miss the playoffs by a few games or if they languish at the bottom of the AL East standings.
The Yankees are too talented to be this bad for this long, right? Expect Boone to get his players playing better over the next few weeks and compete for a postseason berth. As long as they are close to the playoffs, don’t expect Boone to be fired.
However, if the rest of the season goes like the first 17 games, Boone will be in the unemployment line and the Yankees will be looking for a new manager.