It’s been a couple weeks at this point, but the Yankees’ 2021 season is over. It lasted just one game longer than the rest of the American League playoff field, as the Red Sox clobbered them in the Wild Card Game at Fenway Park. It was a bummer, but of course not all that surprising given how the year had progressed.
Kunj and I didn’t return to just talk about the Wild Card loss, though. The big news from yesterday was that Aaron Boone would be returning to the Yankees’ managerial helm in 2022 on a new three-year contract, albeit without his hitting coaches and Phil Nevin. Regardless of how frustrating the Yankees looked in 2021, this always appeared to be the most likely conclusion. Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman seemed too fond of Boone to let him go.
We work through our thoughts on the non-move & coaching updates, roll our eyes at some of Steinbrenner and Cashman’s comments, discuss the injury updates (Aaron Hicks comeback szn?), and muse on some of the front office concerns. It does sound like the Yankees will be pursuing a shortstop in free agency, and though the field isn’t great, Gary Sánchez’s days behind the plate might be numbered. Finally, we wrap things up with a salute to the retiring announcer Ken Singleton and our Yankees & Mitres of the Season.
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