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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: 2020 In Review

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Each Monday during the regular season and postseason, we ask you to evaluate how Aaron Boone’s doing as the Yankees manager. Last week’s edition was the culmination of 2020’s series, and unsurprisingly, you all weren’t too pleased with Boone’s performance. After all, the Yankees fell short under his helm for the third straight season and a number of the skipper’s decisions came under scrutiny during the ALDS.

Before we take a look at the final survey results, let’s quickly address Boone’s standing for next season. We already know that Boone is staying and that the team won’t decline his 2021 option. That said, the majority of those who voted last week would like to see a change in the dugout:

Obviously, the collective opinion on Boone isn’t in line with the organization’s sentiment. Perhaps running that poll just a few days after elimination skewed things a tad. Still, it’s clear that Boone’s favorability trended downward as the season went on. Take a look at the full-season weekly results:

Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: October 12, 2020

Year three of the Aaron Boone era ended the same way the last two did: short of World Series expectations. This time, the Rays bounced the Yankees in the ALDS.

I don’t think Boone handled things well in this series against the Rays, whether it was Game 2 (which in fairness wasn’t just his decision), trying to steal outs with Masahiro Tanaka, or pinch hitting Mike Ford in Game 5. I also don’t think he acquitted himself well after the series was over, reacting harshly to a question about whether or not the season was a failure.

The Yankees have a decision to make on Boone soon. The manager’s contract has an option for 2021, and in spite of some curious in-game decisions and three straight disappointing playoff performances, it sounds like he’ll back back.

With that, let’s get to our last survey of the year. In addition to the three usual questions, I’ve also added one more regarding Boone’s 2021 option. Please take some time to vote below. And if you want to see the results from last week’s survey, scroll down and click read more.

Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: October 5th, 2020

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The Yankees are back on the upswing. It’s been a topsy-turvy year for Aaron Boone’s club, but last week, the team rebounded to advance to the ALDS against Tampa Bay. It’d be nice if the team remains on the up and up this week against the Rays, who had Boone’s team’s number this season.

As we do every Monday during the season, let’s get a feel for how everyone’s feeling about Boone’s performance. But before we get to the survey questions, here’s a brief summary of Boone’s last week at the helm:

  • The skipper pushed the right button by starting Brett Gardner over Clint Frazier against Cleveland. The vet reached base in five of ten plate appearances and contributed a couple of key hits. Boone simply played the hotter hand and it paid off.
  • Another good move: the timing of replacing Chad Green with Zack Britton in Game 2. Up 8-6 with two on and one out, the manager summoned Britton and got an inning ending double play. Just as planned.
  • It wasn’t all roses for Boone, however. There were a handful of questionable decisions made in Game 2 that could have cost the Yankees the game:
    • Masahiro Tanaka did not have it, but Boone pushed him into the fifth while up 6-4. It was the third time Tanaka would face the top of Cleveland’s order, and naturally, the first two batters reached. Only then did Boone make the change for Chad Green.
    • In the top of the 7th, Boone pinch ran Tyler Wade for Luke Voit after a leadoff walk in an 8-6 game. Cleveland tied it and Wade’s spot came up in the 8th with two on and two out, though Clint pinch hit there. Hindsight is 20/20, especially after Frazier struck out. Still, it would have been nice to have Voit remaining in a game that was far from over.
    • Cleveland’s acting manager for the series, Sandy Alomar Jr., baited Boone into pulling Zack Britton in the bottom of the seventh with the Yankees still up 8-6. Alomar put up righty Jordan Luplow in place of lefty Josh Naylor after back-to-back two out walks. Boone countered with Jonathan Loaisiga, who quickly gave up a game-tying double. Look, Loaisiga should have gotten the job done against Luplow, but Alomar noted how much better they felt about that matchup than Britton vs. Naylor or Luplow.

To see last week’s voting results, please click Read More below.

Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: September 28th, 2020

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That’s that for the 2020 regular season. A disappointing finish, to put it lightly. Aaron Boone’s club stumbled down the stretch but has a chance for renewal starting tomorrow against Cleveland in the first round of the postseason. Here’s this past week’s Boone news, followed by the evaluation survey:

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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: September 21st, 2020

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The Yankees may have lost yesterday, but it was undoubtedly a good week for Aaron Boone’s squad. The team went 5-1, ran up its winning streak to 10 games, and clinched a playoff spot. Here’s the latest on Boone before we get to the survey questions:

Please take a moment to vote on the three poll questions below. Then click read more to see the results through last week.

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