As the month of August winds down, and we head towards the home stretch of the regular season, the Yankees stand at 82-47, the second best record in all of baseball.
To put in perspective just how well the season has gone, in the last twenty years the only Yankee team with a better record on this date were the 1998 Yankees. The 98 team finished with 125 total wins and is considered by many to be the best team in baseball history. Despite the record and the accomplishments thus far, if you were to look at the anti Aaron Boone tweets, you would think this team is hovering around .500.
The Yankees began the year as one of the favorites to win the American League pennant. To this point only Boston has a better record. So what exactly has the Yankee skipper done wrong? What could he have done that would have resulted in an even better record? That of course is a rhetorical question...the answer is nothing.
The complaints that I have read by the "hard to please" among us are that Boone lacks fire and emotion. The days of Billy Martin and Earl Weaver are long gone in baseball. A manager can have fire and emotion without going out and screaming at umpires or jumping in the faces of his players. Boone represents the modern manager. He relies on statistical data along with good old fashioned baseball instincts to manage a game. He is even keeled which is exactly what you would want over the marathon 162 game season
When Boone was hired last off season there were legitimate questions regarding his managerial experience. Those concerns were valid since he has no managerial experience at any level. His baseball experience however is unmatched. Boone literally grew up in the game of baseball. His father Bob Boone and grandfather Ray Boone were long time major leaguers. He has been hanging around major league clubhouses since he was a kid. To put it mildly he has forgotten more about baseball than his critics will ever know.
Despite the injuries to star players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorious, and recently Aroldis Chapman, Boone has the Yankees in position to make a run at the AL east leading Red Sox. Is there another manager out there that could get more out of this team with all its injuries? Once again a rhetorical question. Aaron boone has the Yankees exactly where they were predicted to be, as one of the best teams in baseball. This rookie manager is a huge reason why.
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