Yankees' Brian Cashman Hopes Aaron Boone Stays as Manager for 10 More Years

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2020

New York Yankees new manager Aaron Boone, right, sits with general manager Brian Cashman during a baseball news conference introducing Boone, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday he will have "hopefully 10 more" years with Aaron Boone as the team's manager.

Cashman was asked about Boone's status while the two of them were rappelling down the side of a building, per Talkin' Yanks:

Boone is set to enter his fourth season as manager of the Yankees in 2021, and Cashman pointed to the fact that he got 10 years each out of Joe Torre and Joe Girardi as Yankees managers previously.

In his three years as Yankees manager, Boone has led New York to the playoffs three times and posted a cumulative record of 236-148. His .615 winning percentage is the best since Cashman's tenure began in 1998. New York reached the 100-win mark in both 2018 and 2019, including an AL East title in 2019.

The Yankees also reached the American League Championship Series in 2019, but they fell to the Houston Astros in six games.

New York entered last season as the odds-on favorites to represent the AL in the World Series, but the team was ravaged by injuries for the second straight year. While the Yanks were able to overcome it in 2019 and win 103 games, they went just 33-27 in the 2020 campaign that was shortened because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card Series and pushed the eventual AL pennant-winning Rays to five games in the American League Division Series, but they were beaten by Tampa.

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Despite the disappointing ending to their season, the Yankees exercised the option in Boone's contract for 2021. There is pressure on the 47-year-old to produce, though, since he is not signed beyond the upcoming season.

New York is stacked with talent, especially offensively, and it also has arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball on the roster in Gerrit Cole.

If the Yankees don't make it to at least the ALCS in 2021, it is possible that Boone's tenure could fall well short of the ones enjoyed by Torre and Girardi.