The Baby Bombers

THE BABY BOMBERS                                   BRYAN HOCH


The meteoric rise of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, and Luis Severino―and the rest of the new generation of superstar Yankees―from the “inside baseball” strategy in assembling the teammates, their paths to Yankee Stadium, their streaks and slumps, their early stats against those of Hall of Famers and Pinstripe legends, and their drive to become champions for Yankees Nation.

Not since the arrival of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte have a group of young Yankee prospects brought such excitement to baseball in the Bronx. Aaron Judge (25 years old), Gary Sanchez (24), Luis Severino (23), and Greg Bird (24) could be even more talented than that 1990s’ “Core Four” group, according to manager Joe Girardi. And they’re not alone . . . The Yankees also have youthful players such as Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Tyler Austin, Miguel Andujar, Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery and Tyler Wade making their names known.

Beginning with Judge and Sanchez competing at the 2017 Home Run Derby, when Judge―the 6-foot-7, 282-pound slugger―planted the Yankees’ Youth flag on the All-Star Weekend grounds by mashing four miles of dingers to take the crown, veteran Yankees clubhouse reporter Bryan Hoch looks back to the final days of Jeter's historic career, and then fleshes out general manager Brian Cashman’s blueprint for building a new-look Yankees roster, the young players’ fascinating paths to the Majors, their playoff run, streaks and slumps, historic assaults on the record books, how they stack up against Hall of Famers and Yankee legends, and whether or not they can maintain their alluring charisma and amazing numbers in the years to come. It’s a baseball insider’s account of how the Baby Bombers were born and how they’ve electrified Yankees Nation.

PAT'S REVIEW



A book for any Yankee fan. The author takes you the changing of the guard sort of speak, and how the young or baby bombers surprised most fans and even Yankees executives by making it game 7 of the American League Championship, only one game from going to the World Series. The author takes you along on how the changes began with the retiring of Jeter and the then the trade for Didi Gregorius, who the other day drove in 8 runs the most ever by a Yankee shortstop, (that was not in the book). He also takes you through how they acquired the other players from Judge through draft, Sanchez, Severino, from the International after scouting. Bird, also from the draft, and then he will take you through both of the trades. First when they traded away Chapman, and then Andrews, and the young players that received from those trades. Then the following year when they traded for Sonny Gray and for Todd Frazier, Dave Robertson, Tommy Kahnle. What I thought was interesting though was that both Gregorius and Ronald Torreyes started out in the Reds organization and now years later they are both playing and making contributions to the Yankees, I do know that there are players that the Yankees had that are playing on other teams but I am only looking at the Yankees right now. I found this book to be a good book and a must-read for any Yankee fan. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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