“My Contract is Up”: Aaron Boone Levels on Managerial Future as New York Yankees Sink Against Boston Red Sox

Published 10/06/2021, 3:50 AM EDT
Sep 16, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (left) looks on as =relief pitcher Albert Abreu (84) prepares to warm up on the pitcher’s mound during the seventh inning off the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


New York Yankees faced a devastating loss to arch-rivals, Boston Red Sox, last night. In what was a ‘win or go home’ match, the Yankees put on a below-par performance, and all the eyes turned to their manager Aaron Boone.

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Former Yankees player and present manager, Aaron Boone, had a lot at stake last night, especially since his contract is expiring. Unfortunately, the Yankees lost the match and their way forward in the post-season to Red Sox by 6-2.

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Aaron Boone reflects on his future

Aaron Boone joined the New York Yankees in 2017. In 2021, the team struggled and failed to perform consistently, however, still managed their way to the AL Wild Card Game against Boston Red Sox. Failing to meet the expectations of fans, the Yankees had a disappointing performance, gifting the Wild Card spot to the Red Sox.

After the loss, the focus shifted to Boone’s future with the team, as his contract was up. Interestingly, a decision is yet to be made with no contract on the table as of now. Speaking of the same, Aaron said, “Obviously, my contract is up. I haven’t had any conversations about that with anyone, so we’ll see.

He further added, “I love being here. I love going to work with this group of players.”

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) pulls starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

If this is the end of Boone’s time with the Yankees, it’s certainly not how he would have wanted it. In his time as the Yankees’ manager, Boone has guided the team to playoffs in each of his four seasons. However, the team has reached beyond the division series only once under his guidance but lost to the Houston Astros even then.

Boone talks about the team’s shortfalls

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Yankees competing against their rivals, and losing with a huge margin on the enemy’s territory is an enormous setback for the team. Post the game, Boone reflected upon what Yankees need to do to turn things around. “The league has closed the gap between us. We’ve got to get better in every aspect,” Boone said.

Yankees’ pitcher Gerrit Cole started the game for the team and was expected to shine. However, Cole struggled throughout, and eventually, Boone pulled him out in the third innings itself. When the team was trying to make a comeback with 3-1 in the 6th innings, another star player, Aaron Judge, also left the pitch. The Red Sox smoothly rallied him out, because of a poor decision by Phil Nevin.

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is out at home against Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki (25) during the sixth inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With another playoffs loss, the New York Yankees have continued their embarrassing losing streak of missing out on the World Series for the 12th time. After consistent failures, do you think the Yankees will extend their contract with Aaron Boone?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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