A new report from ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests that Aaron Boone will remain the manager of the Yankees for the 2022 season. Olney says he heard from an industry source who said that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner likes Boone and doesn’t blame him for the team’s early exit in the playoffs this season.
Boone has been New York’s manager since 2018 and has averaged 98 wins per season, but his tenure has still been bumpy. Boone’s Yankees peaked in 2019, winning 103 games and coming just short of making the World Series, but they have been bounced in the ALDS and Wild Card game in the past two seasons. It’s simply not good enough for a team that spent $219,569,049 in payroll this season, per Spotrac.
Many believed Boone or general manager Brian Cashman would get the axe in the offseason, but it appears the two will run it back once more. You could argue that if George Steinbrenner were alive, Boone might have turned in his No. 17 pinstripes to the owner last Tuesday before the plane even got off the ground in Boston.
But this is a new regime, one that clearly believes in continuity. While there’s positives to that, it’s fair to question whether Boone has taken the Yankees as far as he can. The next month will be critical as Boone’s contract is set to expire after the World Series.
That opens Boone up to talk with any other team with a managerial opening, including the Padres. San Diego was just as disappointing as the Yankees in 2021, imploding down the stretch to finish 79-83. With a brigade of stars including Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Yu Darvish and Blake Snell among others, the Padres found their fall guy in manager Jayce Tingler, who was fired at the conclusion of the season.
The job is perhaps the most desirable opening in the MLB, and they know it. That’s why they’ve gone fishing for some huge names: Ron Washington and Bruce Bochy. Both have a tremendous resume, with Bochy a three-time World Series champ with the Giants, but they might not be the right fit for San Diego.
Could Boone be in the discussion? We’ll ask the question in a month, but for now, Boone is scheduled to return to New York on a new contract.