New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner seems inclined to keep Aaron Boone, sources say


Though the wait continues within the Yankees’ organization for owner Hal Steinbrenner to dictate the direction of the team in a fluid situation, he seems inclined to keep Aaron Boone as manager, industry sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

“He likes [Boone], and I don’t think he blames him for what happened,” one source said.

During a season generally viewed as a disappointment, Steinbrenner cited underachieving player performance as the primary reason for the team’s struggles. There also has been heavy social media criticism of Boone from some Yankees fans.

But at the moment, Boone does not have a contract for the 2022 season. Some within the franchise privately complain about Boone, with the common refrains being that he should more bluntly assess team performance to the media when the Yankees play poorly, and that his bullpen choices too often don’t work out.

In Boone’s four seasons as manager, the Yankees are 328-218, averaging 98 wins in the three full seasons, and have made the playoffs every year. The Red Sox beat them in the American League Wild Card Game this year, and the Yankees have not advanced beyond the American League Championship Series under Boone — which is not a small matter for a fan base that hasn’t seen a World Series title since 2009.

The organization may also weigh changes to the coaching staff.

The decision of whether Boone remains with the Yankees isn’t necessarily Steinbrenner’s alone. Boone’s contract is set to expire within hours after the World Series, meaning that he could become a free agent in the managerial market at a time when a lot of front-office executives believe there is a dearth of experienced, attractive candidates. If Boone’s contract with the Yankees expires, it’s possible other teams will be interested in speaking with him.

For example: The San Diego Padres fired Jayce Tingler as their manager last week, and they are expected to hire someone who has managed in the big leagues before. Some of the names their…

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