Boone returns, but Yanks’ owner demands better

Aaron Boone, who has led the New York Yankees to the postseason in each of his four seasons in the Bronx, will return as manager on a new three-year deal with a club option for 2025, it was announced Tuesday.

“We have a person and manager in Aaron Boone who possesses the baseball acumen and widespread respect in our clubhouse to continue to guide us forward,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “As a team and as an organization, we must grow, evolve and improve. We need to get better. Period.

“I know Aaron fully embraces our expectations of success, and I look forward to drawing on his intelligence, instincts and leadership in pursuit of our next World Series championship.”

Boone’s job security came under scrutiny after the Yankees’ third-place finish in the AL East and loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game.

Overall, Boone has a 328-218 record in his four seasons as manager, but the Yankees haven’t been to the World Series since 2009 — the third-longest drought in franchise history.

The last time a Yankees manager was allowed to manage a fifth season without having won a World Series ring was 1922.

“When you are the manager of this team and you wear the N.Y. and you wear these pinstripes, it’s a heavy burden,” slugger Aaron Judge said after the team’s season ended. “But a guy like Booney, man, he wears it with pride, shows up to work every day and gets us prepared the right way, keeps us motivated and gets on guys when he needs to.

“It’s been a pleasure the past couple of years to play for him and fight for him every single day. I could spend all night giving you reasons why he should still be the manager.”

After leading the majors in runs scored from 2017-2020, the Yankees finished 19th in runs scored (711) during the 2021 season. They also had the sixth-worst strikeout rate, and there were complaints in the front office about the team’s in-season adjustments.

After the season, the team did not renew the contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames and third-base coach Phil Nevin. The team also was not expected to bring back assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, sources confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN’s Buster Olney contributed to this report.

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