Steinbrenner Appears To Make Decision On Aaron Boone

It appears that the New York Yankees have made a decision on manager Aaron Boone's fate, after the 99-win team was bounced in four straight in the ALCS by the Houston Astros. 

Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner told an Associated Press writer today that in regards to Aaron Boone's role as manager, "We just signed him and for all the same reasons I listed a year ago, I believe he is a very good manager. I don't see a change there.''

This jibes with the reporting of Yankees Insider Andy Martino, who wrote in today that "Rivals consider (GM Brian) Cashman one of the greatest executives in sports, and say that Boone will immediately become a coveted free agent if the Yankees fire him."

Martino adds that other GMs and agents are "genuinely baffled" by the hate that Boone and Cashman get from Yankee fans. 

In the end, it's Steinbrenner that holds the ultimate authority, and if he's right now predisposed to keep Boone (and Cashman), then they aren't going anywhere. 

The Yankees did win 99 games this season to win the American League East going away. They unfortunately went into the playoffs with their bullpen a mere shadow of its former self due to injuries (and incompetence when it comes to Aroldis Chapman). 

Certainly, with the genes that Steinbrenner has, he holds the right to change his mind, but for now, it appears, Boone, at least, will be back.

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