New York Yankees Manager Aaron Boone has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his conduct during the team’s 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Josh Bard is expected to serve as the organization’s manager while Boone serves his time.
He had made contact with home-plate umpire Nic Lentz while arguing balls and strikes, causing him to be promptly ejected from the ball game. Boone put on quite a show for the fans of the Bronx Bombers as he showed the umpire his best catcher impression.
After the game, Boone was asked about the entire encounter, to which he replied, “”I hadn’t stretched yet, so I wanted to make sure I was good and loose. I guess, [it was about] giving my kids something to make fun of me about.”
At only 45-years-old and in the midst of the first managerial campaign of his career in baseball, Boone still has a lot to learn on how to conduct himself both on and off the field. You are expected to set a good example for your team, and this display did not accomplish that.
Because he is a first-year manager, his behavior could be attributed to the fact that he has yet to develop the mindset of a leader and still holds onto the attitude he had as a player.
Aaron Boone was an MLB third basemen for twelve seasons which included 54 games as a member of the Yankees. He was named to the only All-Star game of his career that very season as he put up rather impressive numbers by hitting .267 with 24 home runs and 96 RBIs for the Yankees and the Reds that year.
Nevertheless, Yankees players were glad that he stepped in to defend his club. “He protected all the guys, for sure,” said Gleyber Torres. “He’s the manager. He does a good job, and we’re proud for that. After that, we started [to get] a little more excited, and we tried to win.”
Boone will be able to be back in the dugout by the time the Yanks take on the Oakland Athletics on Monday.
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