I just read an article about Hal Steinbrenner responding to questions about the Astros’ 4-0 sweep of the Yankees. The following was Steinbrenner’s response to one of the questions.
"Aaron Boone wasn’t responsible for our offense, the slide that they experienced the last couple of months of the season, rolling into the postseason," Steinbrenner said. "That was not his responsibility."
I couldn’t believe what I just read. If that’s the philosophy that Steinbrenner and Cashman operate under, it’s no wonder the Yankees were swept 4-0 by the Astros. Ultimately, the manager is responsible for not just the offense but Boone is responsible for the entire team. While you might not consider Boone "directly" responsible for the offensive performance, but the hitting coaches report directly to Boone and Boone is responsible for managing the entire coaching staff.
Apparently, Steinbrenner does not hold Boone responsible for the other Yankee coaches and their areas of responsibility, which might explain why the Astros swept the Yankees 4-0 in the ALCS!!