How has Aaron Boone not won the Manager of the Year yet?
Aaron Boone is the first manager in MLB history to win at least 100 games in each of his first two seasons as manager, with 100 wins in his first season in 2018, and 103 wins in his second season in 2019. Obviously, in 2020, it will be impossible to win 100 games as it is only a 60-game season, but you’d have to imagine he will lead the Yankees to one of the best records in the MLB.
The problem is, the Yankees are expected to be one of the best teams in baseball, which makes it that much harder for their manager to win Manager of the Year. For example; in 2018, Boone brought the Yankees to a 100-62 record in his first season as a manager in Major League Baseball, and yet he still didn’t win Manager of the Year.
The reason for this was because they were expected to be that good. Then last season in 2019, the Yankees never had a fully healthy lineup, and without his superstars, Boone brought the Yankees to a 103-59 record, and he still didn’t win Manager of the Year.
In my opinion, Boone should’ve won Manager of the Year in at least one of the last two seasons, and if he won both, it would’ve been justified as well, but the fact that he didn’t win either is a bit puzzling to me. However, in 2020, I simply don’t think it’s possible for Boone to win Manager of the Year unless he brings the Yankees to a 59-1 record.
The Yankees are expected to win the American League and get into the World Series this season, and because of it, Boone is pretty much out of the running for Manager of the Year, simply because the voters typically award a manager who brings a team to the playoffs, that wasn’t expected to be there.
So with that, I wouldn’t expect Boone to win Manager of the Year anytime soon, even if he might deserve it.