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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: September 23rd, 2019

Results through last week.

Well, it looks like the Aaron Boone haters came out in force in last week’s voting. A bunch of people decided to vote 1 across the board, it appears. Still, the most frequent choices were 8, 10, and 10 for strategy, media, and clubhouse respectively. I think that says more about the fanbase’s sentiment than the averages from last week. It’s a lot closer to what we’ve seen on average since August.

Anyway, with the previous week’s polls aside, let’s refresh where the Boone’s team stands this morning.

2019 Regular Season Record: 102-55 (AL East Champions!)
Last Week: 4-2
Upcoming: Away vs. Rays (2 games, 9/24 – 9/25), Away vs. Rangers (3 games, 9/27 – 9/29)

Recent Aaron Boone News:

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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: September 16th, 2019

Results through last week.

Last week was a mixed bag for the Yankees. After finishing off the Red Sox to start the week, Aaron Boone’s club went 3-3 against the lowly Tigers and Blue Jays. That kind of performance is frustrating with home field advantage on the line. Worse, though, were the injuries. Both Gary Sánchez and Edwin Encarnación got hurt. On the bright side, they’re very close to clinching the division (magic number is 3!), Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery returned yesterday, and Luis Severino will pitch on Tuesday.

With that, and before we get to the voting, here’s where the Bombers stand:

2019 Regular Season Record: 98-53 (1st place, 9.0 games ahead of Rays)
Last Week: 4-3
Upcoming: Home vs. Angels (3 games, 9/17 – 9/19), Home vs. Blue Jays (3 games, 9/20 – 9/22)

Recent Aaron Boone News:

  • The skipper sat down for a Q&A with the Athletic’s Lindsey Adler (subs. required). I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll leave you with two snippets from Boone:
    • On “next man up” mentality that really was born in spring training: “I’ve tried to remain the same and consistent, and that goes back to spring training when it’s all those guys in a room and saying, Hey, you may not think you will impact our club this year, but stranger things have happened.”
    • On the idea that “too many homers” are not effective in the playoffs: “…I feel like one of the biggest myths that gets driven and driven every year is that you’ve gotta manufacture and get small hits when it’s really not true. The teams that play well in the postseason pitch well, prevent runs, and slug.”
  • Gary Sánchez suffered a groin strain in Detroit last week. Though it’s not explicitly clear how it happened, it seems like it might have been a byproduct of surprisingly trying to steal second base. Boone said that he gave Sánchez a green light to run, though I’m not so sure that’s true. It sounds more like Boone covering for his player who shouldn’t have been taking a chance like that in the first place.
  • On the bright side, Boone is hopeful Gary will return before the end of the regular season.
  • Last Tuesday, the Yankees had an ugly loss against Detroit. Boone’s bullpen management was suspect in the game, though not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. The Yankees lost with Chance Adams on the mound even though Aroldis Chapman was available. Boone said he was waiting for the Yankees to take a lead before using his closer. It’s one thing in a fairly meaningless September game, but it’s another if he pulls that in the postseason.
  • Clint Frazier has made a few defensive mistakes since returning to the majors this month. When he was sent down earlier this year, the Yankees wanted him to work on his fielding. Nonetheless, Boone has remained positive and called the miscues teaching moments.
  • The manager doesn’t seem optimistic about seeing Aaron Hicks again in 2019.

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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: September 9th, 2019

Results through last week.

I usually use this section to comment on last week’s poll results or the current state of affairs. But really, what more is there to say other than that the Yankees are really good? Even as getting healthy and rested for the postseason becomes top priority, they keep winning anyway. It’s great.

All that’s left now is the division clincher and determination of home field advantage. The former could happen this week, while the latter could go down to the wire. Obviously, home field advantage would be fantastic to have, but the Yankees won’t strain themselves for it.

Now, let’s get on to the usual Monday morning routine:

2019 Regular Season Record: 94-50 (1st place, 8.5 games ahead of Rays)
Last Week: 4-2
Upcoming: Away vs. Red Sox (1 game, 9/9), Away vs. Tigers (3 games, 9/10 – 9/12), Away vs. Blue Jays (3 games, 9/13 – 9/15)

Recent Aaron Boone News:

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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: September 2nd, 2019

Results through last week.

Happy Labor Day! I hope that most of you are able to enjoy today’s holiday and the unofficial end of summer. It’s hard to believe that we’re in September and that the regular season’s end is near. As the postseason beckons, let’s check in on the Yankees and the person at the helm, Aaron Boone.

2019 Regular Season Record: 90-48 (1st place, 9.0 games ahead of Rays)
Last Week: 
 Home vs. Rangers (3 games, 9/2 – 9/4), Away vs. Red Sox (4 games, 9/6 – 9/9)

Recent Aaron Boone News:

  • Thanks in part to DJ LeMahieu’s walkoff homer on Saturday, the manager was spared the spotlight for failing to challenge a call. He acknowledged the mistake anyway. This mishap occurred in the seventh inning when the score was tied at 2. Matt Chapman delivered an RBI double down the left field line to give Oakland the lead, except it actually looked foul on replay. No white chalk kicked up. Nonetheless, Boone stood pat. No harm no foul in the end, but you hope something like this doesn’t happen in the postseason. Remember when it happened with Joe Girardi?
  • Boone’s bullpen management came into question over the weekend, particularly in yesterday’s win. The thought is that he should have used Adam Ottavino in a scoreless game rather than Ryan Dull, who put the Yankees in a 3-0 hole. Ottavino was eventually used in the ninth when the Yankees were down 4-3. The heart of the matter is how important home field advantage is to the Yankees. If you feel it’s not important, you probably didn’t care about Boone’s bullpen decisions. If you want to beat out the Astros and Dodgers, you probably were annoyed.
  • On the injury front, Boone told the media that Edwin Encarnación could return before the homestand ends on Wednesday. It seems like a pretty quick return from a wrist fracture, but he came out of yesterday’s rehab appearance just fine.
  • The manager made it clear that even though he plans to rest his players regularly this month, that doesn’t mean they’ll be complacent. The Yankees can afford to do so with such a big division lead, but with the Next Man Up mentality, Boone feels good about pressing on.
  • Boone was coy about Luis Severino’s role upon his return. He started in Scranton yesterday and I’m sure the team would love to have him back in the rotation. It just doesn’t make sense for the manager to decide something before it’s determined to be viable.
  • Gio Urshela went on the injured list with a groin strain, but Boone noted it’s not a big deal and that they want to play it safe.

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Aaron Boone Evaluation Survey: August 26th, 2019

Results through last week.

Taking two of three from the Dodgers was a nice way to cap off a rough start to the week, huh? The series against Oakland stunk, though I was not awake for the majority of it, but the Yankees picked themselves off the ground pretty quickly. This is a really good team, folks. Let’s recap where Aaron Boone’s squad stands:

2019 Regular Season Record: 85-47 (1st place, 9.0 games ahead of Rays)
Last Week: 
 Away vs. Mariners (3 games, 8/26 – 8/28), Home vs. Athletics (3 games, 8/30 – 9/1)

Recent Aaron Boone News:

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