Finally, some Yankees news! (Well, there was also Tanaka deciding not to opt-out and stay with the Yanks, but in my mind that was a foregone conclusion.) Aaron “All Rise” Judge was named – unanimously, I might add – the A.L. Rookie of the Year last night and the honor couldn’t be more well deserved. He had his rough patch after the All-Star game, but fought through his offensive woes and the numerous strikeouts and played great defense all the while. Judge is the first Yankee since Jeter to win the award.
Next up will be the big news: Who will be the Yankees’ new manager. So far I’m unimpressed by Eric Wedge and would rather see Rob Thomson get the job, if only because he’s been in the organization and knows how things work in Yankeeland. Rumors are that Aaron Boone will be interviewed after the GM meetings this week. Again, not excited by that idea. Some have floated A-Rod as a possible choice. While I appreciate his ability to connect with young players and his baseball acumen as evidenced by his commentary on TV, his jet setting lifestyle would not sync with the grind of managing. Not happening. Cashman hasn’t specified exactly what he’s looking for except that he wants the manager to bond with the young players, be a student of analytics, have a less intense, rigid personality than Girardi. I can’t think of anyone I’d choose, but I’m eager to see who all the candidates are.