So the Yanks have hired Aaron Boone as their new manager, so things will be quite interesting in spring training of 2018, without Shohei Ohtani. (See next post. Ohtani turns down Yankees).
What are the pros and cons of hiring Boone?
Pro: His age. At 44, he may be able to relate better to the younger player.
His broadcasting experience. Excellent communication skills with the players but also with the media, important in NY.
His playing experience, especially his brief time in NY. Been there, done that as a Yankee player. While only there briefly, he can relate to the pressure of putting on the pinstripes that others could not.
With the broadcasting, he was talking to and analyzing all 30 teams. This may be helpful. One of those “know your enemy” kind of deals. Boone, in his role with ESPN over the last several years was talking to all sorts of players, managers, GMs, front office execs all throughout baseball, not just one organization. Know thy enemy, know his weaknesses, attack those weaknesses.
Baseball pedigree. Been around the game his whole life. Grandpa, dad, brother and him all major leaguers, dad a former manager himself.
Cons: Never managed or coached anywhere before. How to manage and relate to players as a boss rather than a media/ex-player. How to relate to a player when you are benching him, sending him down. How to manage a pitching staff or a bullpen. Making in game decisions. Will the game be too fast for him? How quickly can he adjust? Knowing when to challenge a call. Knowing the rule book to challenge an umpire.
What kind of manager will Boone be? An Earl Weaver sit back and wait for the 3-run HR type of guy, or will he be aggressive, hit and run more, run more with stolen bases, use the bunt and the squeeze more (a Billy Martin type)?
What kind of growing pains will there be?
How quickly and in what style will he integrate youngsters like Gleyber Torres and others to the bigs? How will he team with Cashman or Hal?
It’ll be an interesting 2018.