Yankees manager Aaron Boone 'at peace' with future up in air as New York's season ends

Gerrit Cole voiced his disappointment at his performance in the Yankees' 6-2 defeat to the Red Sox in Sunday's AL Wild Card game. (0:49).
BOSTON -- The New York Yankees' season ended at the hands Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card Game. Now, attention is shifting to Aaron Boone, manager of the Yankees. He also discussed his contract situation and what the future holds for the club.

Boone's contract expiring at the end of the 2021 season, Boone's job status is still uncertain.

After the Yankees' 6-2 defeat, Boone stated that he had not spoken to anyone about [my contract]. So we'll wait and see." "I love being here. It's a pleasure to work with these players.

If Tuesday's game marks the end of Boone's tenure with the Yankees, Boone won't look back fondly on Tuesday. Ace Gerrit Cole was struggling and did not record an out in the third before being removed. The Yankees offense was unable to match Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi throughout the night. New York's bullpen also failed to keep it competitive after Cole's departure.

Boone's four seasons with the Yankees have been characterized by a record of 328-218 and has led them to the playoffs each year, but not beyond the AL Championship Series.

Boone observed increased competition in the AL as a result of this season.

Boone stated that the league had closed the gap. "We have to improve in every way. It's not just the Astros and Red Sox now in our league. Take a look at our division. The Rays are a beast in Toronto. There are some teams in Central that are better than others, and teams in West that are even better. These are the teams that have closed that gap on us.

His comments were met with immediate backlash from Yankee and baseball fans who pointed out via social media how the team hasn't been to a World Series in nine years. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, this 12-year drought is third in franchise history. It trails the 17 seasons between 1903 and 1920 and the 13 that began in 1982.

Boone stated, "Guys are crushed." "Tonight was another difficult one to accept. We've been through many wars with the men in that room and have a lot scars. ... It's really harsh when it abruptly ends.

When Boone was asked why Yankees manager John Terry should return to the team in 2022, Aaron Judge, a star outfielder, gave his support.

Judge stated that there are many good answers to that question, in addition to being a great manager, leading this team for the past few years, winning over 100 games and his leadership skills, being even-keeled through all the ups and downs. It's a burden to be the manager of this team, and it is difficult to wear these pinstripes and the N.Y. Booney is a man of integrity. He wears it proudly, shows up every day, gets us ready the right way, motivates us, and takes on guys when he has to. It has been a joy to work with him over the last couple of years and to fight for him every day. I could go on and on about why he should be the manager.

Boone stated that he is extremely supported by the Yankees from general manager Brian Cashman to owner Hal Steinbrenner. 1922 was the last year that a Yankees manager was permitted to manage a fifth-season without winning a World Series ring.

Boone was proud of his accomplishments as the Yankees' skipper, regardless of what his future might hold.

Boone stated, "Whatever happens, I'm at peace." "I know I can keep my head up."


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