Included with a complete breakdown of the 2007 roster and what to look for in the upcoming season is a study of the team’s off-season moves, including the courting of Japanese phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka. Further, the book analyzes catcher Jason Varitek and what he does or does not mean to the Sox pitching staff. Acclaimed statistician Pete Palmer breaks down the move of Jonathan Papelbon to the rotation and why he is much more valuable there than in the bullpen.
Fans also get a look back at Red Sox history, including a review of Joe Cronin and his storied, yet somewhat forgotten, career. Also included is a fortieth-anniversary recollection of the magical summer of 1967 through a poignant fan remembrance.
The Annual evaluates the full Red Sox organization, including the team’s entire minor league system and its top prospects. It also reviews the last two “youth movements” the Red Sox instituted in 1987 and 1997, and how they compare to the current group of prospects.
Written by Red Sox fans for Red Sox fans, the Maple Street Press 2007 Red Sox Annual is more than a hundred pages of full-color, ad-free Red Sox coverage unlike anything else available.
A publication of Maple Street Press, distributed by Potomac Books, Inc.
About the Author
Steve Mastroyin is a lifelong Sox fan who posts his thoughts on and analyses of the team at the website Sons of Sam Horn. He resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he keeps a close eye on the team’s AAA affiliate.
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor 3
The 2007 Olde Towne Team
Faith Re-rewarded?: The 2007 Boston Red Sox Chad Finn 5
Red Sox Offensive and Pitching Statistics 16
Sizing Up the Competition: A Look Around the 2007 American League Jeff Kuhn 17
2007 Red Sox Schedule 24
The Transcontinental Courtship of Daisuke Matsuzaka Rob Bradford 25
To Start or to Relieve, That is the Question Pete Palmer 33
2007 Red Sox Performance Projections Pete Palmer 38
Back to the Starting Line: Jonathan Papelbon Discusses His Move to the Starting Rotation David Laurila 39
Return to Glory: Boston's Search to Regain an Elite Offense Steve Mastroyin 41
The Red Sox and the Quest to Win Efficiently Vince Gennaro 45
No Relief: Bullpen troubles in the Theo Epstein Era Stephen Vetere 53
The Dynamic Dominican Duo: How Good are Ortiz and Ramirez as a 1-2 Punch? Mark A. Brown 61
Down on the Farm
2007 Minor League Report: Collecting Trophies Brandon Magee 67
Feeling a Draft: The Red Sox's Evolving Strategy for Finding Amateur Talent Chris Paddock 71
Getting toKnow...Daniel Bard David Laurila 77
Fenway Heroes of Yesteryear
Dirty Water: The Improbable Victory Anthem of the Boston Red Sox Chuck Burgess Bill Nowlin 81
The 1967 Miracle Boston Red Sox: A Remembrance Shaun Kelly 85
Joe Cronin: The Story Behind the #4 on the Right Field Facade Mark Armour 93
After the Fall: (Note to Newbies: This is What it's Really Like) Robert Sullivan 97
Here's Looking at You, Kids: The Youth Movements of 1987 and 1997 Toby Dorsey 105
My Sox Are On: Places to Watch the Olden Towne Team While Outside of New England Graham Knight 110