The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty

Bryan Hoch. Diversion, $24.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-6357-6419-2

Hoch, who covers the Yankees for, entertains readers with colorful details about the team’s new roster, which features a mix of homegrown young stars and dependable veterans and brought the Yankees within arm’s reach of the 2017 World Series. The Yankees organization, following the shrewd strategy of general manager Brian Cashman, methodically retooled its lineup after Derek Jeter’s 2014 exit, replacing slumping Alex Rodriquez, Carlos Beltran, and Mark Teixeira, and calling up a squad of sought-after prospects from the minors. Hoch profiles all of the “Baby Bombers,” including slugger Aaron Judge, catcher Mark Sanchez, pitching ace Luis Severino, and first baseman Greg Bird. Judge, notably supported by loyal fans in black robes with foam gavels in the “Judge’s Chambers” section near right field, gets the most play in this well-researched book, with his photogenic smile and moon-shot home runs. Hoch’s account will enchant Yankee fans with its optimistic vision of a victorious future. (Mar.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly named Greg Bird as Gary Bird.