The Baby Bombers
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.

The Baby Bombers Details

TitleThe Baby Bombers
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherDiversion Books
ISBN-139781635764192
Rating
GenreSports, Baseball, Nonfiction, Biography, Sports and Games

The Baby Bombers Review

  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    If you live and breath pinstripes April through deep October, Hoch’s Baby Bombers is a must read. It traces the transition of the team from the Jeter-Arod-Tex group to the young studs of 2017. It is a celebratory book espousing the great things these young kids are doing, not necessarily criticizing and not filled with gossip and innuendo as so many tell-all books are. It discusses the origins of Judge, Severino, Hicks, Castro, Gregorius, and a few others. What is really great is it tells the li If you live and breath pinstripes April through deep October, Hoch’s Baby Bombers is a must read. It traces the transition of the team from the Jeter-Arod-Tex group to the young studs of 2017. It is a celebratory book espousing the great things these young kids are doing, not necessarily criticizing and not filled with gossip and innuendo as so many tell-all books are. It discusses the origins of Judge, Severino, Hicks, Castro, Gregorius, and a few others. What is really great is it tells the little insider stories that really humanize these players like Judge's habit of chewing the same piece of gum till he made his first out in a game or Severino's childhood. Even if you watched or followed every game this year, it is fun to hear the player's own impressions about how they felt and how they approached things. It was completed after the 2017 playoffs and thus takes those games into account. Funny hearing talk of Starlin Castro being part of the Yankees’ future as he is suddenly gone and all the comparisons of Judge to Giancarlo Stanton are amusing now that they are both teammates. For Yankee fans and serious baseball fans, this is a book that’s hard to put down. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
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  • seton
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a Yankee fan for 25 yrs. I follow Hoch on Social Media and I have seen every game of the Yankees' 2017 season at least once, often twice or even 3 times. So, I should be the perfect reader for Hoch's debut book, right?Unfortunately, I found The Baby Bombers kind of middling. I think the most telling part of the book was when Hoch describes himself as a "sports reporter" and a "beats reporter". It READ like it was written by a reporter and not a WRITER. There is a difference. Hoch attem I've been a Yankee fan for 25 yrs. I follow Hoch on Social Media and I have seen every game of the Yankees' 2017 season at least once, often twice or even 3 times. So, I should be the perfect reader for Hoch's debut book, right?Unfortunately, I found The Baby Bombers kind of middling. I think the most telling part of the book was when Hoch describes himself as a "sports reporter" and a "beats reporter". It READ like it was written by a reporter and not a WRITER. There is a difference. Hoch attempts here an ambitious tale of how "Derek Jeter's Yankees" became rookie "Aaron Judge's Yankees". It jumps from the 2017 posteason to 2014 (Jeter's last season) to the past of the major Baby Bombers like Gary Sanchez to highlights of the 2017 season like Aaron Judge's Home Run Derby win. The jumpy narrative and lack of cohesion are ultimately what killed the book for me. There were many a time it left me going - Huh?Take, for example, this account of one of Judge's most famous games: On June 11, Judge would hit the longest home run that the majors would see in 2017, punishing a flat slider from the Orioles' Logan Verrett for a mammoth 495-foot blast . . . . When Judge returned to the dugout, his teammates jokingly gave him the silent treatment . . . . - Page 133Hoch forgot to mention that Judge hit TWO home runs that day and it was after the SECOND one (which was NOT 495 ft) that his teammates gave the silent treatment. A bit misleading there.I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Please note that in my ARC copy, there is no mention of the Giancarlo Stanton trade that occurred in Dec 2017. However, from what I can tell from looking inside the book on Amazon, Hoch has since added a paragraph or two on the event.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun read to kick off the baseball season.
  • Daniel Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    Very good book and excellent insight on the new crop of emerging Yankee stars. Hoch's status on the Yankees beat shines through as the account provides terrific evidence that he is a true insider and has worked to recount the nuances of the organization and add color to the personalities on and off the field. While the history of this group is yet to be fully written this book did not suffer like others that feel rushed or provide a thin recap of events. Hoch has written this history well and pr Very good book and excellent insight on the new crop of emerging Yankee stars. Hoch's status on the Yankees beat shines through as the account provides terrific evidence that he is a true insider and has worked to recount the nuances of the organization and add color to the personalities on and off the field. While the history of this group is yet to be fully written this book did not suffer like others that feel rushed or provide a thin recap of events. Hoch has written this history well and provided an engaging snapshot of some very interesting characters and a popular organization.
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  • Dawn Barrett Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    The Baby Bombers is a must read for all Yankee fans. After an amazing season it was fun to learn about the teams background. Very well written and I am very glad I got to read this book. Looking forward to an amazing 2018 season.
  • Lance
    January 1, 1970
    The 2017 New York Yankees were one of the pleasant surprises of the baseball season. Expected to finish out of the postseason because of their reliance on young players, the team not only gained a Wild Card spot, they pushed the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros to 7 games in the American League Championship Series. This book by veteran reporter Bryan Hoch provides insight into the team’s unexpected return to postseason glory.The best way to describe the trajectory of the Yankees in The 2017 New York Yankees were one of the pleasant surprises of the baseball season. Expected to finish out of the postseason because of their reliance on young players, the team not only gained a Wild Card spot, they pushed the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros to 7 games in the American League Championship Series. This book by veteran reporter Bryan Hoch provides insight into the team’s unexpected return to postseason glory.The best way to describe the trajectory of the Yankees in 2016 and 2017 was that they were a team in transition, and Hoch guides the reader from the “Core Four” team of Jeter, Pettite, Posada and Rivera to the new stars of the team. The reader will learn about the performances of catcher Gary Sanchez, outfielder Aaron Judge, pitcher Luis Severino and first baseman Greg Bird as they led the team to 91 wins in that season. Even more than just recaps of their seasons, the reader will learn more about each of these men on a personal level as well. There are some funny moments that are captured such as when Judge spent a week at the home of teammate Brett Gardner and ate the Easter candy of Gardner’s young sons. Anecdotes such as these were nice short diversions from the story of the on-field exploits of the Yankees. Because of their youth, they were often called the “Baby Bombers”, hence the title of the book.While at times the book read like it came from the Yankee public relations department because it seemed like no player on the team could do anything wrong, it was a very engaging and entertaining read that every Yankee fan will want to pick up to learn more about the team’s new star players. Even fans of other teams will enjoy this book as it provides great insight into some of the game’s newest bright lights. I wish to thank Diversion Books for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. http://sportsbookguy.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Casey Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Baby Bombers by Bryan Hoch courtesy of Net Galley and Diversion Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have been a lifelong New York Yankees and baseball fan and have read a great deal on both. This is the first book by Michael Blake th I received a free Kindle copy of The Baby Bombers by Bryan Hoch courtesy of Net Galley and Diversion Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have been a lifelong New York Yankees and baseball fan and have read a great deal on both. This is the first book by Michael Blake that I have read.I was a little leery in requesting this book as it was obviously put together in a short period of time, but I thought I would give it a try. The book met my expectations in that it reads like a quickly thrown together book that does not do its subject matter justice. The good points are it hits the highlights (barely) of the development of the group of Baby Bombers in the book (if you are a Yankees fan I don't need to list the names) and the 2017 playoff run by the Yankees. The other plus is that because it is not a detailed analysis it is a very quick read. In addition, the author does not make a strong case that this is the next Yankee dynasty (although I hope it is).I recommend this book to any Yankee fan who is looking a light read on the 2017 season and the Baby Bombers who helped with the run for the pennant.
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  • ECS
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic read!! Makes the reader feel like a Baseball Insider during the exciting rise of this new generation of Yankee superstars. Any sports enthusiast will love sharing the journey of how the foundation of greatness is nurtured and brought to bloom. The personal stories behind these talented new faces lift them from the pages and into your heart. So fitting that Hoch has hit it out of the park with Baby Bombers!!
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  • Rick Ferris
    January 1, 1970
    Nice not that long read about transitioning from the Jeter era to the next promising “Core Four”. A great accounting of the 2017 season. Reading this makes it clear the Yanks present and future is bright!
  • Craig Mac
    January 1, 1970
    Baby BombersEnjoyable book that provides a great look behind the Yankees rebuild and shares more about their up and coming young talent.
  • Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is a must read for a New York Yankees fan. For fans of other MLB teams, you will find value from this book, but you could take it or leave it. The book is an exploration of the youth movement in New York, and provides insight into several of the key players in the 2017 team's success. MLB is on the cusp of the next Yankee dynasty, and this book chronicles the genesis of this looming dynasty.
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  • Bryan Hoch
    January 1, 1970
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