3 Yankees who won’t be back after blowing Wild Card game

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 26: Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees visits the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 26, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game. Here are three individuals who should not be back next season.

The New York Yankees had plenty of ups and many, many downs this season, but still managed to find a way into the postseason. Granted, it took until the final game of the season, but they made it nonetheless. However, they had to face off against the rival Boston Red Sox in the one-game Wild Card.

Sure enough, the Yankees were outplayed by the Red Sox and handed an early elimination. This was a team that was supposed to contend for the World Series at seasons end. Instead, they are out after one postseason game, which should open the eyes of ownership about what they need to do to ensure this team does not underperform come playoff time.

With that, here are three candidates to not return to the team in 2022.

Aaron Boone, Manager

The Yankees have a choice to make as to whether they feel that manager Aaron Boone can eventually get the team back into the World Series. So far, that has not been the case.

Yes, Boone has racked up a ton of regular season wins to point to on his resume, but in the postseason, it always ends in disappointment. Boone has made it to the playoffs in all four years of his managerial career, but here is how they ended:

  • 2018: Eliminated by Boston Red Sox in ALDS
  • 2019: Eliminated in six games by Houston Astros in ALCS
  • 2020: Eliminated in five games by Tampa Bay Rays in ALDS
  • 2021: Eliminated by Red Sox in AL Wild Card game

Even though the Yankees did make it to the postseason this year, it was a roller coaster ride. There were some brutal losses that were, quite frankly, caused by Boone’s decision-making.

Boone is due for a new contract with the season over. While Yankees chairman Hal Steinbrenner has backed the manager earlier this year, it will be interesting to see if he feels the same way after watching his team get eliminated by a hated rival.

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