Yankees’ Brian Cashman defends Aaron Boone amid struggle | ‘Good work’
NEW YORK – Yankees manager Aaron Boone does not appear to be in the hot seat. Or even a warm seat.
General manager Brian Cashman gave the thumbs up to Boone amid the team’s long string of trivia.
“I think he did a great job,” Cashman said ahead of Monday’s game against the Dishes at Yankee Stadium.
Of course, it would be amazing if the Yankees were anything but on Boone, whom they re-signed to a three-year contract with a fourth-year team option in the offseason after his first four years on the pinstripe. Boone took over at the start of the 2018 season, after the Yankees decided to end Joe Girardi’s 10-year run at the helm.
The Yankees got off to an incredible start. But after going 61-23 and holding a 15½-game lead in the American League East on July 8, they only went 13-25 and had just an eight-game lead heading into Monday night. .
On Saturday, Boone overflowed in his Yankees defense, slamming the table in his postgame press conference.
“We’ve been asked all these questions,” he said at the time, “and we can answer them until we’re blue in the face. We have to go out and do it. I have to stop answering to these questions. … We have to play better, period. And what’s great is that he’s right in front of us.
Cashman said he understands holding Boone’s job title is “a very difficult job.”
“I think he handles his job extremely well,” Cashman said. “I think he manages his players extremely well. I think he manages the daily commitment before and after the game, which I think is extremely difficult. You have to be a unique person to be able to manage this kind of interaction to keep your cool and calm consistently and he’s balanced it’s important for our players to see that because if he can keep his temper the same for the most part they don’t see panic. That doesn’t mean he can’t lose his temper, which he will from time to time if necessary. He has this equipment. He can turn to it. You see it. But I think that his behavior is of vital importance in a market like this in particular.
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