Aaron Boone Claims New York Yankees Will Adopt NBA/NFL Approach To Coaching – “Trying To Find The Best”

Published 12/30/2021, 12:54 PM EST


The New York Yankees are running it back after an underwhelming 2021, and coaching is a big feature on the changes. The Yankees roster remains much the same atleast prior to the lockout but the coaching staff has undergone some changes. Eric Chavez has been bought in as assistant hitting coach. And the Yankees aren’t done yet.

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Change in Coaching Philosophy

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Aaron Boone, the Yankees manager, said that the Yankees are moving towards a different type of coaching model. Said Boone,

“I think now we’re starting to probably follow more of an NBA/NFL model, where you have coaches that are really good at impacting players.

Boone went on to add that the Bronx Bombers as an organization may have been pigeonholing the coaches appointments. It would no longer be necessary to hire coaches that have big league experience or appointing guys who had a certain checklist.

“Experience matters, what they’ve done matters,… but we were also probably closing ourselves off to a lot of really great coaches, because in a lot of ways, that was a prerequisite.”

He went on to mention that the Yankees weren’t looking for a resume of big league experience. They would much rather hire coaches that can affect the play by getting to the players.

“We’re trying to find the best coaches and the best people to impact our guys”

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New Appointments to the New York Yankees Coaching Staff

The coaching staff in general seem to lack major league experience. Other members on the coaching staff include former Mets manager Luis Rojas who was only part of the minor leagues as a player.

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Other appointments include hitting coach Dillon Lawson, assistant hitting coach Casey Dykes and assistant pitching coach Desi Druschel. All of these have only played till the college level. But what’s more key is that they were all part of the New York Yankees plyer development system.

Their philosophy is aligned with the organization’s philosophy of analytics and data-driven coaching. Their appointment on Boone’s staff is because their coaching worked in the minor leagues.

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“If somebody from a coaching standpoint I know is helping me and impacting me, in the end I don’t really care how I get it.”

Boone is looking to the 2022 season with his head high and with an attitude to make changes. Maybe this can push the Yankees to a World Series run. And maybe a resume isn’t necessary to get the performance from the players. But for now we wait and see if this punt by the Yankees pays off.

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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