New York Yankees or New York Mets who has the better manager?

Aaron Boone, New York Yankees. New York Mets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Aaron Boone, New York Yankees. New York Mets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Aaron Boone, New York Yankees. New York Mets.(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Ed Stein, Co-Site Expert, Empire Writes Back

The job of Major League manager has changed over the past two decades. Formerly, they worked on the “because I’m the boss and I said so” managerial technique. The dynamic Now it’s much more important to manage personalities and individuals. It’s a characteristic that both Mickey Callaway and Aaron Boone do well.

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When you consider what Mickey Callaway had to work with, talent wise, for the whole of the season, it’s a wonder the won as many games as they did. He couldn’t show us the full breadth of his managerial acumen due to injuries. It’s interesting to think of what he could have done if Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, et al were healthy all season.

My biggest criticism of Callaway is that he over managed the pitchers. I realize he had a hot mess of a bullpen pen all year, but I would have liked to see him let the starters pitch deeper into games instead of flipping relievers every few batters. Otherwise, he did a nice job.

On the opposite side of town, when Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees initially parted ways, what odds could you have gotten that Aaron Boone would win the job?

I think Boone did a heck of a job in 2018. Detractors will say that the Yankees have so much talent that being their manager is an easy job. In this day and age, it takes a special person to handle the spotlight associated with the position. The media and fan scrutiny is turned up to 11 in the Bronx.

The Yankees won 100 games. They did it with one solid starter (Luis Severino) and two “keep us in contention” starters Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia). Yes, they pounded the ball on offense but had to overcome significant injuries to Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez. Additionally, Boone masterfully integrated young second base star Gleyber Torres into the lineup.

One year in, I’d give the nod to Boone.

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