Brian Cashman: Aaron Boone would have been 'number one managerial candidate in baseball'

By , WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Brian Cashman, during his multiple state-of-the-team addresses throughout the Yankees’ turbulent 2021 season, reinforced his belief publicly that manager Aaron Boone wasn’t the cause for the team’s roller coaster season.

The Yankees general manager again doubled down on that mindset on Monday, speaking with reporters after the team announced it had brought Boone back on a new three-year deal.

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“I think when I turned back to the summer I would reiterate that I thought Boone was part of the solution and not the problem,” Cashman said. “He’s a great baseball mind, comes from a great family that has a history in this industry for quite some time.”

Despite a 92-70 finish and a lifeless exit in the Wild Card Game against the rival Red Sox, Cashman and the front office elected to offer Boone a new deal, when his initial expiring contract left the team with an opportunity for a clean break and a new direction. But ultimately, Cashman and company felt that the traits that initially made Boone an attractive candidate prior to the 2018 season still held true for them four seasons later, despite the team failing to make it as far as Joe Girardi’s final season as manager in 2017.