The New York Yankees are off to their worst start in quite some time, so is manager Aaron Boone on the hot seat?
After being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays at home last weekend, the New York Yankees have started the season 5-10. It’s the first time since 1997 they’ve lost 10 of their first 15 games, with the combination of a struggling lineup and a lack of starting pitching beyond Gerrit Cole. M
Monday was an off day for the Yankees, but general manager Brian Cashman had a conference call with the media. The easy premise was to address any questions about the team’s early struggles as well as manager Aaron Boone’s status, and Cashman did just that.
Speaking about Boone and the coaching staff, here’s what Cashman said.
Brian Cashman was asked what gives him faith that Aaron Boone and this coaching staff are the right group to lead this team.
"Trust. I've got a lot of trust in the people we have… I've seen them work a lot of magic along the way."
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) April 19, 2021
Asked Brian Cashman about Aaron Boone and his coaching staff: "We're not reactive. I don't see us reacting to not believing in the staff we have, and the players we have either."
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 19, 2021
This has been a new Yankees era under Cashman
When George Steinbrenner ran the show for the Yankees, he had a run where he would change managers about as often as most people change underwear. The multiple hirings and firings of Billy Martin was the symbol of that short leash. Since Steinbrenner’s sons have taken over the operation, there has been a lot more patience in the Bronx. Cashman has served as the prominent public face of the organization for Steinbrenner’s sons, whereas the Steinbrenner monarch never turned down an opportunity to talk when he was at his peak.
In his 20-plus year tenure as Yankees general manager, Cashman has never made an in-season managerial change (having Joe Torre then Joe Girardi through 2017 helped). The last time the Yankees made an in-season managerial change was 1990, when Stump Merrill replaced Bucky Dent.
Cashman’s comments, and timing of them on an off-day, could be seen by skeptics as a dreaded vote of confidence in Boone. Continued dismal performance from the team could change the situation, but it would be surprising if Boone doesn’t at least last the season as the Yankees’ skipper.