Was the New York Yankees’ season a success or failure?

The New York Yankees are in danger of going an entire decade without reaching a World Series for the first time since the 1910s. Aaron Boone's rookie season as a manager ended in failure when New York fizzled in the AL Division Series against Boston and was eliminated in four games. A year after losing in the AL Championship Series…

The New York Yankees are in danger of going an entire decade without reaching a World Series for the first time since the 1910s.

Aaron Boone’s rookie season as a manager ended in failure when New York fizzled in the AL Division Series against Boston and was eliminated in four games.

A year after losing in the AL Championship Series was perceived as success, elimination by Boston left a feeling of failure for the title-worshipping Yankees.

New York went 100-62 for its best record since its last World Series championship in 2009, yet finished eight games back of the Red Sox. The Yankees have gone six straight seasons without a first-place finish.

They’re set to retool around the young core of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Luis Severino, plus in-prime regulars Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. The Yankees got the power but were plagued by inconsistent production on nights the long ball was lacking.

New York drove in 432 of its 851 runs on homers, at 50.8 the highest percentage in the major leagues, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees also were 10-21 when failing to homer, according to Sports Info Solutions.

While they set a big league record with 267 home runs, they were 16th in batting average at .249, eighth in on-base percentage at .329 and tied for 25th in stolen bases with 63. They also were eighth in strikeouts, topped by Stanton’s career-high 211 and Judge’s 152 in two-thirds of a season.

First up will be a decision on New York’s $12.5 million option on 35-year-old outfielder Brett Gardner, who has been with the Yankees big league team since 2008.

Was the 2018 season a success or a failure for the Yankees?

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