Aaron Boone is coming back as the Yankees’ manager on another three-year contract with an option for a fourth season, the team announced Tuesday.
Boone’s contract was set to expire at the end of the World Series after another disappointing postseason exit.
“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,” managing general partner 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.”
Following the loss in Boston in the AL wild-card game, Boone expressed a desire to return to The Bronx, but it was unclear whether that would happen following a wildly inconsistent season in which the Yankees underperformed.
The results caused three of Boone’s coaches to be let go, with the team parting ways with hitting coach Marcus Thames, assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere and third base coach (and close friend of Boone) Phil Nevin.
Ultimately, though, the Yankees chose to bring Boone back.