If you think Aaron Boone left Luis Severino in too long in ALDS Game 3 against the Red Sox, you’re not alone.
Hal Steinbrenner thinks it was a “bad” decision by Boone in a season filled with otherwise good ones by the rookie manager.
"I can tell you one [decision] that I disagree with and that’s bringing Severino out for that fourth inning, I believe, on Monday,” Steinbrenner said on Friday on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 98.7. “I think there were too many signs – I’m not a baseball guy, but I can tell when a guy’s getting hit hard, right? Even when they’re outs. So it just seemed like he didn’t have his stuff and it might have been time at that point to make a change. But again, I’m Monday morning quarterbacking, which I hate doing. But you asked.”
The series was tied at a game apiece on Monday when Boone sent a struggling Severino out for the fourth with the Yankees trailing 3-0. The Red Sox loaded the bases with none out before Boone called in Lance Lynn. Boston went on to score seven runs in the inning en route to a 16-1 victory.
Overall, Steinbrenner said he thought Boone’s first season was “as advertised.” The owner said he had no regrets about not bringing back Joe Girardi and hiring Boone with no experience.
“I think it’s been good,” Steinbrenner said. “Every manager’s going to make mistakes, especially a rookie manager, and he’s made some mistakes. The good thing about Aaron is he admits that he’s made them and even more important, he’s sincerely willing to learn from that. That’s how he’s going to grow. I think overall the players respect him a lot. He’s been great in the clubhouse and he made a lot of good decisions, but he’s also made some bad ones. That’s how he’s going to learn.”
At the Yankees’ season-ending news conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Boone seemed to have come around to the idea that he left Severino in too long.
"I think looking back at Game 3 with Sevy . . . that’s the one where I look back and I say, ‘All right, I probably got greedy with Sevy in the fourth there wanting to get him through the bottom of the order and he came out and really struggled, obviously,’ ” Boone said. “And then it kind of snowballed.”
Boone did bat away suggestions that he left CC Sabathia in too long in Game 4. Sabathia gave up three runs in the third inning to put the Yankees in a 3-0 hole in their season-ending 4-3 loss.
"With CC, there’s times throughout the year where we’re a little more aggressive in getting him out of there because we feel like you can really recognize his stuff falling off,” Boone said. “I felt like stuff-wise, he was OK . . . But you also understand that those are the close decisions and in a way cost us because that was the inning that ultimately we weren’t able to overcome.”