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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Shows Support for Aaron Boone: ‘I Think He’s Done an excellent Job’

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THE BRAND NEW York Yankees are reeling, going just 5-14 in August, but general manager Brian Cashman isn’t prepared to make manager Aaron Boone the scapegoat for all those woes.

“I believe he’s done an excellent job,” he told reporters Monday. “I believe he’s managed his players very well. … He’s even-keel. It is important for the players to note that, because if he is able to keep his temperament exactly the same, generally, they don’t really see panic. It generally does not mean he can’t lose his cool, which he’ll every once in awhile when necessary.”

As the team’s struggles haven’t affected it much in the standingsthe Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays are each eight games in it in the AL Eastthe Yankees (74-48) have observed the Houston Astros (78-45) overtake them for the very best spot in the American League.

Come the postseason, having home-field advantage could turn into a factor. Even though the Astros haven’t been red hot in August (11-9), the Yankees’ struggles have ensured that Houston has jumped to the very best of the American League.

Cashman, however, believes the team will turn things around.

“The group has my belief,” he told reporters. “I really believe strongly inside them and I believe they’re still with the capacity of everything we’ve ever hoped and dreamed, but we need to weather the storm first of all.”

“I really believe in this group,” he continued. “I understand Aaron Boone believes in this group. I understand our ownership believes in this group. It is a good crew that’s dedicated, that’s hungry and that is really talented, that’s just happened to play poorly for just a little longer than maybe we’d have expected predicated on how exactly we got out from the gates the initial 90 days. But I’m not likely to just forget that.”

However the Yankees have to get back on the right track, and soon. The team has lost six straight series and contains only won two out of a possible 10 because the All-Star break.

Injuries to important players like Giancarlo Stanton, Clay Holmes and Matt Carpenter, amongst others, haven’t helped. However the Yankees have the depth and talent to play much better than sub-.500 ball without them.

It’s absolutely a problem heading in to the final month of the standard season, even though Cashman isn’t publicly sounding any alarm bells.

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