This morning, we begin a new feature and welcome a new writer to Start Spreading the News.
This new feature, tentatively called "From the Enemy's Camp" will feature a Red Sox fan's perspectives on New York Yankees news. The title "From the Enemy's Camp" is, of course, tongue in cheek and is just a fun way to present the idea. Over time the name of these features may change. If you have polite suggestions (remember, we are a fan friendly site) - feel free to leave them in the comments or to reach us directly through the Comments tab above.
We are pleased to welcome Frankie Mandile as the author of these posts. Mr. Mandile is a senior at Mount St. Mary's University. He is studying Sports Management. One day Mr. Mandile may be representing some of the players we are discussing on our blog. But, for now, here is his first post:
Aaron Boone from a Boston Perspective by Frankie Mandile
If the track record of Boones as Major League managers is any indication, then perhaps Red Sox fans need not be concerned about the recent hiring of Aaron Boone as Yankees’ skipper. His father, Bob Boone, managed the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds for parts of six seasons from 1995-2003. In that time, he compiled a less than stellar win-loss record of 371-444. But unlike his father, Boone inherits a lineup that is capable of competing for a World Series title.
At the age of forty four Boone has the look of an Alex Rodriguez, but with a better head of hair. That being said, I believe his strengths as a manager will reside in his ability to relate to the young core of players that the Yankees’ roster will boast in 2018. Aaron Judge will be flanked by the likes of Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, and Ronald Torreyes, all looking to build upon the solid foundation of playing time in 2017. Boone, however, does not have that luxury.
Come Opening Day, the rookie manager will look to pick up where he left off in pinstripes: as a hero. But hero status in the Big Apple is reserved for the latest and greatest. His legend as a Game 7 hero will earn him respect at the onset. But should the Yankees come limping out of the gate, the New York media and its fans will surely have something to say about it. It remains to be seen if his time at ESPN will protect him from Billy Martin caliber backlash from the press, but I would not count on that safety net being very sturdy.
Kind words or not, Aaron Boone will have the troops on his side to get the job done. He inherits a team that was one win away from a trip to the Fall Classic in 2017, plus Giancarlo Stanton. Those odds bode well for fans of the Bombers, but not so well for those loyal to the Red Sox. Boston pitching will have to maneuver their way through a power surge that includes Judge, Stanton, Gary Sanchez, and even Didi Gregorius. But the production from these bats will hinge on the way that Boone manages his lineup. The task of juggling Stanton and Judge between the outfield and DH positions will be an interesting story line to follow, and one that could go a long way in determining the success of the New York Yankees for years to come.
From a Boston perspective, we shall hope that the Bob Boone managerial genes have rubbed off on his son. With no prior managerial experience, there is a vulnerability factor in play here. Aaron Boone’s time in New York was limited during his playing days, and he has only ever known praise from the fans and media. So if the “former players can manage” stereotype fails, then perhaps Red Sox fans have nothing to worry about in the mystique of a legend reincarnated.
Can Aaron Boone once again rise to the occasion under the bright lights of the Stadium, or will a gamble on inexperience prove to be a wake-up call in The City that Never Sleeps?