It’s time for the regular season and Aaron Boone has some impressive thoughts on this year’s New York Yankees team.
Entering the 2018 season, the New York Yankees were riding high from their unexpected 2017 playoff run. Yet, 2018 fell short for the Bombers when they ran into the World Champion Boston Red Sox early on in the playoffs.
So, what does that mean for 2019? The Yankees are actually even better than their 2018 counterparts, at least according to their manager, Aaron Boone.
“I’d like to think we are [better], but we were pretty good last year,” Boone told reporters according to Erik Boland of Newsday Sports. “And I know leaving at this time last year I felt pretty good about things. I feel like we’re maybe a little deeper and maybe, hopefully, a little better equipped to handle some of the early season injuries that we have.”
Of course, improvement for last year will come more so with their playoff experience. Boone led the Bombers to a 100-62 record in his inaugural season. The only reason they failed was due to the Boston Red Sox were simply better.
Now, the Yankees have some more depth, some extra veteran talent and a stacked bullpen entering the season smelling blood. Maybe Aaron Boone is correct in his statement.
Despite the injuries that have popped up early on, Boone still has a lot of faith in his team, which is to be expected when you still have a healthy Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and 2018 Rookie of the Year runner-up in Miguel Andujar.
While spring training isn’t always the indicator for regular season success, the Yankees pretty much dominated this season. They finished first in the Grapefruit League at 17-9 while also posting the highest winning percentage of all teams.
Last season the Yankees finished fourth in the Grapefruit League. With a record of 18-13, they limped into the regular season, going 7-8 in their last 15 games. This year, they’ve gone 10-3 in their last 13.
Okay, so Aaron Boone might be right. And having that confidence might make all the difference for this year’s team who will likely be fighting once again with the Red Sox for the division title.