Aaron Boone was back at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, two days after the Yankees’ season ended with a disappointing loss in the AL wild-card game in Boston.
The manager’s contract is up after four seasons and he said there haven’t been any talks between the two sides regarding a new deal.
Following the loss to the Red Sox, which ended an up-and-down year that included a dreadful start to the season, leading to a .500 mark on July 4 and a scramble to get into the wild-card game, Boone said he hoped to be back.
“I love being here,” Boone said at Fenway Park. “I love going to work with this group.”
Asked if he felt it would be “unfair” to be let go, Boone said: “We’ll see what happens on that front. But whatever does happen, I’m at peace with, and I know I can hold my head high.”
Most of Boone’s coaching staff has also been at the Stadium the past two days, including bench coach Carlos Mendoza, hitting coach Marcus Thames, pitching coach Matt Blake, first-base coach Reggie Willits and third-base coach Phil Nevin, as well as bullpen coach Mike Harkey.
Blake said the staff was in “wait-and-see” mode, with general manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner likely to decide the team’s future in the coming days.
— Additional reporting by Greg Joyce