New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been nominated for the 2019 American League Manager of the Year Award.
It was a fantastic year for the New York Yankees and manager Aaron Boone, despite coming up short in the postseason. For the second consecutive campaign, the Bombers finished with at least 100 wins. This year, they ended the regular season with a record of 103-59.
Due to the success, both on the field and in the clubhouse, Boone has been nominated for the American League Manager of the Year Award. The Baseball Writers Association of America nominated two other managers as well. Tampa Bay Rays skipper Kevin Cash and Minnesota Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli were also selected as candidates for the honor.
Boone became the first manager in the history of the league to accomplish back-to-back 100-win seasons in his first two years in the position. In 2018, the Yankees finished 100-62 but lost in the American League Division Series to the Boston Red Sox. Their rivals defeated them 3-1 in that set of games.
This past season, the Yankees finished atop the American League East division by seven games. However, they were the No. 2 seed in the American League postseason. The Houston Astros accomplished the top seed after finishing 107-55 in the regular season.
The Astros defeated the Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. After a DJ LeMahieu two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning tied it up at four, Astros second baseman José Altuve smacked a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of that inning.
Houston then went on to lose the World Series in seven games to the Washington Nationals.