Aaron Boone needs to clean up his horrible Yankees mess

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A baseball manager is not a head football coach. He can’t treat an MLB loss on Sunday in April like an NFL loss on Sunday in September, not when he has to lead his team on a grueling 162-game journey that isn’t better served by mood swings. dramas that define professional football.

The adjustments aren’t as extreme and the reprimands aren’t as explosive. But right now, with the Tampa Bay series sweep leaving his Yankees at 5-10, Aaron Boone is starting to look like one of those NFL coaches whose teams rarely seem ready to play.

Why did the image of Pat Shurmur cross my mind?

We quickly get to the disclaimers needed in your prototypical early season baseball negative column: Boone’s 2019 Yankees started 6-9 and finished with 103 wins. The manager has staged comeback seasons of over 100 wins. Not only has Boone proven that he knows what he’s doing and can handle New York’s toughest edges with relative ease, but he’s also proven that his leadership form makes room for the touchdown. human that Brian Cashman wanted in replacing Joe Girardi. Exhibit A: Boone’s support for Aaron Hicks’ decision to sit in a game after another police shootout on an unarmed black man in Minnesota.

Oh yeah, and the former third baseman was tough enough to hit one of the biggest homers in Yankee Stadium history.

Aaron Boone
Yankees manager Aaron Boone
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But all that matters today is that there are 29 other teams in major league baseball, and the Yankees have a worse record than 28 of them. Despite a payroll of about $ 134 million bigger than that of Tampa Bay, the Yankees allowed the Rays to settle permanently in their heads of big market. The Rays have won six straight series from the Yanks and have won 15 of their last 18 regular season games and eight of their last nine in the Bronx. If they see each other again in the playoffs, a year after the Yanks were fired from the ALDS, the Rays will feel almost invincible entering that series.

Kevin Cash will surely feel he has the not-so-intangible advantage in the dugout.

Boone couldn’t even be saved by his $ 324 million ace in the hole, Gerrit Cole, whose 10 strikeouts in 6 ¹ / ₃ innings left him 39 for the year, more than anyone. what a Yankee after four starts. Cole was Cole, and that still wasn’t good enough to keep his team from losing their fifth in a row.

Boone even got pre-game assist from Jay Bruce, who suddenly announced his retirement and made sure everyone in the building – the players, the manager, the media – was talking about another cool guy with a Meritorious service record for the game. In other words, talking about something other than the abandoned state of Bruce’s last team.

It didn’t help either. The Yankees came into the game 23rd in majors in percentage on basis, 24th in points, 25th overall on bases and 28th in OPS, and they responded with a grand total of two runs on three hits in the 4- loss. 2. “When we get a hammer blow,” Boone said, “you have to take advantage of it. … And we are not doing enough at the moment.

Worse yet, the Yankees’ hour-long amateur play in the outfield did nothing to support the notion that Boone’s side were mentally prepared to compete at the highest level. Hicks, the expert golfer, committed a double bogey on one play and a bogey on another, costing his starting pitcher, while Clint Frazier once inexplicably threw the ball at Cole instead of second base. That’s why most of the 10,606 fans in the stands booed loudly after the final outing. They were not only unhappy with the loss, but with the way the home side performed during the loss.

“We’re getting punched in the mouth right now,” Boone said. He has a day off Monday to figure out how to persuade his players to start fighting back.

Boone said he would consider “shaking things up”. The most obvious move is to get Hicks out of the three hole no matter what the scans say to keep him there. His 0-for-4 dropped his batting average to .160 and his OBP to .236, and the numbers – coupled with his defensive failures – got him demoted.

But if Boone decides to keep his roster intact and just replay for the inspiring words from his team Bruce on what it meant to wear the stripes (albeit briefly), he should go to the videotape.

Either way, Boone needs to understand that this horror flick from a start isn’t just about the stumbling, goofy Yanks stars.

Much of it is on the man paid to make sure these stars perform up to their billing.

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