With a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees were comprised of the best. With the previous season's failed playoff bid still as fresh as the paint job on the new Yankee Stadium, a 27th championship flag represented both the floor and the ceiling in the eyes of a squad.
It was the last title for the "Core Four"—Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte. It would be the lone title for Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, and Nick Swisher, each of whom saw memorable peaks and valleys during their time in the Bronx.
For CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner, it was their first (and to date, only) championship. "Mission 27" is a thoroughly reported examination of an unforgettable season, packed with interviews with the full cast of key players, team executives, broadcasters, and more.
Derek Jeter and the “Core Four” have passed the torch to a new generation of Yankees superstars ― Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and Greg Bird ― who have powered through the minors to become stars on baseball’s biggest stage.
Joined by reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, this thrilling group is poised to chase titles for years to come. "The Baby Bombers" details the inside-baseball strategy of the Yankees’ pivot to a younger, more exciting roster.
Through new in-depth interviews, veteran reporter Bryan Hoch fleshes out the transition from Jeter to Judge, scoring insights from Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, executives and scouts, current Yankees, opponents, and legends of the past.
“Bryan Hoch hit the Yankees beat in 2007 and covered the last years of an incredible era in Yankees history: fourteen postseason appearances in fifteen years and five World Championships from 1995 to 2009. In The Baby Bombers, he introduces us to the next core of young stars and phenoms in waiting, brilliantly breaks down how the team has reloaded through the draft and trades, and sets the stage for all of us to experience what could be the next great run of Yankee dominance. Read this book, and then go watch this team!”
― Bernie Williams, four-time World Series Champion and five-time All-Star center fielder for the New York Yankees
“A new generation of stars are developing right before our eyes, and Bryan Hoch is the right journalist to chronicle this exciting time for Yankees fans. This is a must-read book for those that understand the potential of this new core.”
― David Cone, four-time World Series Champion with the New York Yankees (1995–2000), analyst for the YES Network
“Bryan Hoch brings readers in on the ground floor of what should be the rise of the next Yankee dynasty.”
― Ken Singleton, former major league outfielder and New York Yankees analyst for the YES Network
“If you have never had the great pleasure of reading Bryan Hoch on the subject of baseball, and the New York Yankees, all you need to do is open this book and start reading.”
― Mike Lupica, New York Daily News
“Bryan Hoch covers the Yankees as well as any beat writer. He knows the history of this legendary organization inside and out. His new book The Baby Bombers traces in detail the origins of the Yankee’s bright present and even brighter future―a story that stars a special group of young players that have burst upon the scene.”
― Michael Kay, Emmy Award-winning Yankees play-by-play announcer for the YES Network, host of the series CenterStage, and host of The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN NY
“Learn the back stories of the young New York Yankees stars who have fans dreaming of another dynasty! Bryan Hoch’s thoroughly researched and delightfully written book, The Baby Bombers, will have you saying, ‘I can’t wait for the season to start!’”
― Suzyn Waldman, New York Yankees radio broadcaster
“This is a significant book. Bryan Hoch’s keen observations on the changing of the guard at Yankee Stadium position fans of all generations to appreciate the unfolding era ahead. He is just the right journalist for the job.”
― Marty Appel, baseball historian, and author of Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss
“The Core Four is impossible to replicate, but this young group of studs is special and unique. It will be exciting to see what mark they make in Yankees history, and Bryan Hoch is the perfect person to tell this story. His knowledge and understanding of baseball and Yankee culture offer readers an insider’s perspective into New York’s bright future!”
― Nick Swisher, New York Yankees 2009–2012, 2009 World Series Champion
“It was only natural the first book on the Baby Bombers should be written by Bryan Hoch, the respected veteran Yankee beat writer who has chronicled their development all through the minors to their fruition as stars in 2017. Nobody knows them better than Hoch and nobody tells their story better.”
― Bill Madden, 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner and author of the New York Times best-seller Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
“Having been around Bryan Hoch for a number of years, I could always tell his passion for creating something special through his stories. The Baby Bombers is a beautiful work of art in so many ways. As a Yankees fan or―for that matter―simply a baseball fan, this is a must read!”
― Joba Chamberlain, former Major League pitcher and 2009 World Series Champion for the New York Yankees
“Few people have a better feel for a team than a beat writer like Bryan Hoch, who takes readers inside the Yankees’ front office and clubhouse to experience the emergence of the franchise’s next great dynasty. Thoroughly reported and written through the keen lens of an insider, Hoch’s great work shines through in a remarkable story that seemingly belongs on a Broadway stage rather than a ballpark in the South Bronx.”
― Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, long-time New York Yankees beat writer, and author of The New York Yankees Fans' Bucket List
“With The Baby Bombers, Bryan Hoch dives into the many origins of what the Yankees hope is their next great run. You’ll learn plenty about these guys and how they got here. A very enjoyable read.”
― Ken Davidoff, baseball columnist for the New York Post
“The 2017 season was one of the most exciting for Yankees fans in recent years. It wasn’t just lightning in a bottle―it was built with a lot of hard work and attention to detail. No one can tell that story better than Bryan Hoch, who employs the same efforts in The Baby Bombers. Bryan takes you inside the process of how prospects became stars and planted the seeds of what could be the next Yankees dynasty. If you loved watching that magical run last October, you need to read this book.”
― Sweeny Murti, New York Yankees beat reporter for WFAN
“There’s no shortage of interest in where the Yankees are headed in 2018 and beyond. Bryan Hoch delivers a detailed, richly-reported road map that makes for essential reading for fans.”
― Bob Klapisch, veteran baseball columnist and author