The Yankees staggered into the Subway Series on Friday evening coming off their worst lack of the season and a day after team proprietor Hal Steinbrenner called out the team for its season-long underperformance.
“It had a big impact,’’ Aaron Judge said of Steinbrenner’s comments on Thursday, when the Yankees’ managing general partner said he was “aggravated, frustrated, angry” about how the team had performed over the primary half of the season — and placed the blame squarely on the players as an alternative of on normal supervisor Brian Cashman or supervisor Aaron Boone.
The team has performed poorly sufficient that Judge called a players-only meeting through the week.
The proper fielder mentioned he was moved to name the meeting, which the Yankees would usually maintain nearer to the All-Star break, as a result of there have been “some things on my mind, some things I was seeing over the course of the year. Usually around the All-Star break we have a meeting where guys address stuff after the first half is over with. I felt like there were some things that couldn’t wait to get brought up.”
Judge declined to debate the specifics of the meeting, however he famous the “quality of at-bats” was higher in Wednesday’s loss.
“There was lots of emotion,’’ Judge mentioned.
He additionally agreed with Steinbrenner’s evaluation.
“No matter what anybody says, it’s not a coach or the front office,’’ Judge said of who’s to blame. “It’s on the players. We’re the ones on the field out there competing. The front office has their hands in it to put the players on the field, but ultimately, it comes down to the work and the results on the field.”
Steinbrenner pointed straight on the offense as the first disappointment this season.
The Yankees have lacked situational hitting, though some outcomes have been higher since MLB’s crackdown on pitchers utilizing overseas substances.
But they nonetheless haven’t gained persistently, and Boone is aware of that’s the one factor that may matter on the finish of the season, regardless of Steinbrenner taking a few of the fast stress off him on Thursday.
“I’m appreciative of who I get to work with,’’ Boone said of the vote of confidence. “One of the things I’ve talked about here for a long time is this is a place I enjoy coming to work to. We’re obviously going through some tough times as a club. So while I appreciate that [support], it’s like, we’re trying to get better. Certainly, I’m one of the main figures that needs to be accountable to things.”
That time nonetheless would possibly come if the Yankees fail to make the postseason, since Steinbrenner made no assurances Boone would maintain his job past this 12 months.
“Ultimately, one of my most important jobs is to make sure that I’m part of getting the most out of each and every player and that I’m creating an environment and a culture where guys can thrive,’’ Boone said. “For my part in that, I need to better at that and continue to evaluate and grill down on things where we can make improvements and ultimately get the most out of people. That’s one area we need to be better.”
Baserunning is one other space during which the Yankees have been subpar, as Steinbrenner famous, and the Yankees are operating brief on time to repair their weaknesses.
Boone understands the urgency.
“There’s a lot of buzz around us right now, not all for good reason, obviously.” Boone mentioned. “This is New York City. This is the greatest place to play baseball. You’ve got a team, in the Mets, that’s atop their division and they’re playing here at Yankee Stadium. So it’s a big deal to me and I would imagine it is to a lot of people as well.”