They occurred in 2018 as the Yankees' two biggest risks.
They left, arguably with their status unchanged.
Will Aaron Boone and Giancarlo Stanton fare better or worse for wear? It could only determine the fate of their team in 2019. Neither the Yankees novice manager nor their imported thug differed, to say the least, in the crew's short postseason, Boone and Stanton's maiden October Travels in their respective positions.  Boone's lack of urgency on alternate pitchers, most notably ALDS Game 3 and 4 starters Luis Severino and CC Sabathia, hurt the Yankees significantly as they defeated rival Red Sox in four games. The final took place on Tuesday night in the painful Yankee Stadium.
And Stanton's non-intoxicating ALDS slash of .222 / .222 / .222 served Marlens President Derek Jeter, the man who distributed him to the Yankees, as an unwanted homage.
The results provided disappointment and worse in the Yankees universe. Although ̵
Boone entered this job and followed the hugely successful Joe Girardi, rougher than a filet mignon before the discovery of the fire. Of all the new skippers hired last winter, a group of Mets Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora of the Red Sox, Gabre Kapler of the Phillies, and Dave Martinez of the Nationals, only Boone had a zero-baseball experience.
His best attribute seemed to be his pressurized grace, the very area Girardi never mastered. It helped the Yankees survive their standard storms, especially as they won three out of four in Tampa Bay during the final week of the regular season to block home advantage in the AL wildcard game. But does anyone deny that Girardi did not let ALDS Games 3 and 4 escape from him like Boone did?
The Yankees' decision to pair beginner Boone with an inexperienced bank trainer, Boone's former Indian team-mate Josh Bard, came off this week, especially after Boone had talked about the Lessons learned from Game 3 on Tuesday afternoon This night in Game 4.
There is obviously room for growth, and it's obviously not guaranteed. A year later, Boone clearly follows the dynamic Cora in his freshman class.
Then there's Stanton, who was not as deceptive in 2018 as reminding us of his reality: while he's a terrific talent that offers real value, he does not do it # 3959002] Bear in mind that the 3.4 offensive wins are off the replacement he set for the Yankees this season, according to Baseball-Reference.com, putting him on par with the Marlins »Starlin Castro, one of the players who defeated the Yankees traded him and five other players; They were in this category for 51st place in the majors. And that score ranks in the middle – four years better, four years worse – for Stanton's career.
His personality made him a pleasant surprise – low maintenance and happy – and some of his best punches came when Aaron Judge healed his broken right wrist on the disabled list. However, he suffered badly in the last month of the regular season, which led to the postseason. Can the Yankees really feel comfortable about the $ 240 million in nine years they've left with him?
The Yankees' total of 102 victories, fantastic on the surface, have to be put into the context of their contemporaries: this result put them in third place in the AL, and they had to overcome it with Game 160 to fend off the annoying A's. The diagnosis goes far beyond that: "You just had a bad week in October."
Unless Bryce Harper or Manny Machado pass this door of George M. Steinbrenner, Boone and Stanton report top-level issues to Tampa – risks, even – again. So much went right for the Yankees this year, their manager and highest paid player, who stamps out with such doubts, puts the hot stove on owner and the front office to somehow turn these doubts into certainties.