Aaron Boone can save his Yankees job

Former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz is a winner – a two-time World Series champion – but these current Yankees have not been, starting the season 46-43 as they have dealt with injuries, offensive struggles and pitching hiccups. Manager Aaron Boone is on the hot seat – but Leyritz thinks there is a chance the bench boss can save his job.

“I would say, based on performance, if they get to the playoffs, and they at least get through the first round, [Boone] will be back,” Leyritz told TMZ Sports. “If he doesn’t, it’s up in the air.”

Jim Leyritz (left) thinks Aaron Boone can save his job.
Jim Leyritz (left) thinks Aaron Boone can save his job.
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The Yankees begin a series against the division-leading Red Sox this weekend, a pivotal moment for the team’s postseason prospects.

Leyritz predicts a strong showing by the Yankees – who are eight games AL East-leading Boston – will go a long way.

“That [A.L. East] is so tough that I don’t put anything [on it],” Leyritz said. “You know, [eight] games sounds like a lot, but in all honesty that can be erased pretty quickly. And, the Yankees do have enough head-to-head meetings with Boston to do some damage.”

The series is in doubt, however. Thursday’s game was postponed as All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge and five other Yankees players were placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Currently, players on both teams are getting ready to play Friday night, with one source telling ESPN that “we will play.”