The following is an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Bryan Hoch’s first book, “The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty,” which is being published by Diversion Books and includes a foreword by Mark Teixeira. On sale March 6, it is now available for pre-order.
Faces beam when Estevan Florial’s name is mentioned around the Yankees’ talent evaluators, and as the 20-year-old phenom settles into his first Major League Spring Training, manager Aaron Boone said that it is already apparent why the center fielder is held in high regard.
The phrase “All Rise” had yet to be linked to the rookie outfielder with the hulking football build, to say nothing of a dedicated seating area that debuted at Yankee Stadium three months later, celebrating both his immense power and fan appeal. Yet we should have known that Aaron Judge was about to accomplish special […]
Having experienced his first game action in eight months, Gleyber Torres tugged on a black long-sleeved T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “I’M BACK.” The wardrobe choice had been a coincidence, the Yankees’ top prospect said, but it was appropriate for the milestone.
The Yankees’ final afternoon before the Grapefruit League opener was filled with improvisation games and leadership exercises, as Aaron Boone’s players moved off the diamond and shared laughs in a pavilion area of George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The battle for spots on the Opening Day roster has grown tighter in the wake of this week’s trade for infielder Brandon Drury, but manager Aaron Boone promises that there is “still a level of competition going on” as the Yankees prepare to open their Grapefruit League schedule.
Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to wear the pinstripes for the first time in a game situation on Friday, stepping up to the plate when the Yankees open their Grapefruit League slate with a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field, live on MLB.TV.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone set his rotation for the first four games of the Grapefruit League season.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had D-backs infielder Brandon Drury on his radar for years. He was finally able to get his target, obtaining Drury on Tuesday in a three-way trade that also included the Rays.
There is confidence in Greg Bird’s stride as he navigates the pathways between practice fields at the Yankees’ spring complex, observes manager Aaron Boone, who believes that the 25-year-old is primed to enjoy a productive — and full — season ahead.
The Yankees have added insurance for their inexperienced infield, acquiring Brandon Drury from the D-backs on Tuesday as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Rays.
As touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres pursue a place on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, shortstop Didi Gregorius has no concerns about the possibility of being sandwiched between a pair of rookies in the infield.