Aaron Boone opened spring training on Tuesday with a press conference in which he talked about his role as the manager, the individual preparation of players, and the expectations of the team.
Fans came away with a sense of how much Boone admires, and will probably model his style after, Joe Torre. For Boone, Torre had a calm presence, which was particularly appreciated when he was traded to the Yankees in July of 2003.
Boone talked about the high expectations for this team and the fact that the players are hungry to accomplish what they couldn’t last season; a championship run.
Boone said the second base and third base positions would be fluid in spring training with Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar and Ronald Torreyes having opportunities right in front of them. He said it would be an open audition for these infield jobs, seeming the Yankees will look to fill the positions from within.
As far as the outfield and DH situations, Boone says that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both want to win and have both bought into the different spots and scenarios that might unfold.
Another area that Boone said will unfold over the course of spring training will be the starting rotation depth.
Boone’s goal for 2018: win the last game!
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