Today in Yankees History: The Baby Bombers go back-to-back in their MLB debuts
A year ago today, youngsters Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge started at first base and right field respectively. The new Yankees would have a memorable first day, hitting back-to-back home runs in their first at-bat. Austin’s shot used every inch of that short porch in right field, Judge’s rebounded off the restaurant in center field, but both made a thunderous statement, the Baby Bombers had officially arrived.One year ago today, Baby Bombers Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin went back-to-back in their first MLB at-bats🔥 pic.twitter.com/4AG1fee6qU— Bronx Bomber Ball (@BronxBomberBall) August 13, 2017
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The Yankees shipped off Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Ivan Nova to other franchises in hopes of rebuilding the monster. Struggling Mark Teixeira was starting to lose his grip on the starting first base job that he held since 2009, and the team decided the 1996 World Series Champion reunion day was the ideal time to showcase their future. The young prospects did their part, delivering a debut that put the Bronx in a frenzy.
For the rest of the season, these new Bombers struggled, Austin batting .241 and Judge batting .179 to finish up the year. Going into the offseason, both players worked tirelessly to improve on their up and down first years, but as different as their first home runs were, so were their second seasons. Austin would injure his foot in spring training and wouldn’t make his debut until June, where a hamstring injury would relegate him back to the DL until only just this past week. Tyler is currently playing in Triple-A Scranton hoping to return to the team sometime this season.
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Although the year ended without a postseason appearance, it gave fans reason for excitement, and 2017 has built on that. The club would have the best record in baseball at one time but has slid since then. The Bronx Bombers are currently battling with Boston for the division title, and the Baby Bomber movement has shown reasons for optimism moving forward.
Article by: Maxx Hotton