After a roller coaster season that ended in a disappointing one-game playoff loss, the 92-game winning Yankees are reviewing their coaching staff.
Batting Coach Marcus Thames; assistant hitting coach PJ Pilittere; and third baseman Phil Nevin – who had held all of their roles for four seasons – will not return next season. The status of manager Aaron Boone, whose contract expires after the 2021 season, has remained unclear.
Athletic were the first to report that coaches’ contracts would not be renewed. All three coaches confirmed their ouster to WFAN radio station.
Despite a collection of talented players, the Yankees have been fickle this season. They finished 13th out of 30 teams in slugging on a more adjusted basis (100) and 19th in points scored per game (4.39). While they didn’t have a particularly quick baseline group, the Yankees were also tied with Kansas City for the major league lead in strikeouts (22).
If Boone, 48, returns for a fifth season, it will be the most dramatic change in the major league coaching staff on the team under him. The Yankees have gone 328-218 under Boone in his first four years, but the past two seasons have been more difficult. They finished second in the AHL East this season behind the more capable Tampa Bay Rays and reached the playoffs as a wild-card team.
Despite all their spending, the Yankees have not won, let alone achieved, a World Series since 2009. The rosters built by the front office in recent times have been flawed and cracks have appeared as the season progressed. . Boone said he wanted to come back but recognized that the decision was not entirely his.
“Whatever happens, I’m at peace with it,” Boone said after the Yankees lost the AL Wild Card game to the Boston Red Sox 6-2 on Oct. 5. “I know I can hold my head up high.”