Originally written January 11, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
Expectations are low in Red Sox Nation. Last season Boston stumbled to a 69-win season, the team’s lowest win total since in a non-strike-shortened season since going 62-100 in 1965. Actually, “stumbled” doesn’t even begin to describe the utter nightmare that 2012 was. Flubbed? Blundered? Imploded? All of those more accurately convey the complete failure of a season the Red Sox had. In the wake of a third straight year without Fenway opening for game number 82 of the season on a crisp October evening, the Red Sox made some serious club-wide changes. Bobby Valentine is gone, John Farrell is in. The team’s medical staff is undergoing a complete face-lift after years of injury mismanagement, most notable of which surrounds the always ailing, yet immensely talented, Jacoby Ellsbury. David Ortiz is back after signing the two-year contract he’s been waiting years for, and the team has decided to forego any free agent whose contract demands extend past 2015. After all the team has done — a...
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