The 2021 MLB season was supposed to be a big one for the New York Yankees. Just before the season began, they had +550 odds to win the World Series. Their roster is absolutely loaded with some of the best pitchers and hitters in all of baseball.
However, the team has not lived up to expectations. As of April 22, the Yankees are 6-11 and at the bottom of the AL East. In fact, they’re actually one of the worst teams in the MLB as a whole, tied for the fewest wins in the league.
With that being said, losing so often is never acceptable for a team as big as the Yankees, especially when the organization was looking forward to being World Series contenders. Even though the baseball season is a long one, things need to get fixed quickly and that could come at the expense of Yankees manager Aaron Boone. After all, sometimes an organization might fire their bench boss to try and get the players back on track.
However, according to Bovada, Boone is favored to remain with the Yankees for the rest of the season at -200 odds. He has a 242-159 all-time record as the team’s manager, showing that he’s capable of MLB regular-season success. If Boone wants to keep that going, he better figure out a way to turn the team around as soon as possible.
Who Will Be the Manager of the New York Yankees at the End of the 2021 MLB Season?
Odds via Bovada as of Thursday, April 22
- Aaron Boone (-200)
- Buck Showalter (+500)
- Phil Nevin (+500)
- Hensley Meulens (+700)
- Eric Wedge (+700)
- Raul Ibanez (+800)
- Carlos Beltran (+2000)
Will Showalter or Nevin Manage the Yankees?
At +500 odds, Buck Showalter and Phil Nevin have the top shot at being the Yankees manager sometime this season.
Showalter is one of the most recognizable managers in MLB history. He’s spent 20 seasons managing in the league, compiling an all-time record of 1,551-1,517. While most of his time was spent with the Baltimore Orioles, Showalter actually managed the Yankees for four seasons in the 90s to start his career. That includes the 1994 season when he was awarded the AL Manager of the Year Award for the first of three times.
On the other hand, the Yankees could wind up with Nevin. After retiring as a player in 2007, he spent a few seasons managing in the Golden Baseball League before managing the Arizona Diamonbacks’ AAA affiliate, the Reno Aces. Now, Nevin has been the Yankees’ third base coach since the end of the 2017 MLB season. If the team loves what he’s been doing and thinks that he could manage the juggernaut, it may be easiest to promote Nevin from within rather than find someone externally.
MLB Odds: Beltran Remains Long Shot for Yankees Manager Position
Former MLB outfielder Carlos Beltran is somewhat of a long shot to be the Yankees’ new manager in 2021 at +2000 odds. Beltran, who played for the Yankees in parts of three seasons, nearly became the team’s manager in 2017 before losing the job to Boone. He also served as the Yankees’ special advisor to the general manager. Since then, Beltran agreed to become the New York Mets’ manager in 2019, but was let go before he could manage a game because of his potential involvement in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing controversy.
We still haven’t seen what Beltran could do with an MLB team, but we may get a chance if Boone is fired this season. If the Yankees loved Beltran so much the first time, maybe they still feel the same way a few years later.