Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up

Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up

by Alex Speier


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“Alex Speier spins a compelling narrative about how great scouting and player development created a perennial contender in baseball’s toughest division, without losing sight of the people at the heart of his story.” — Keith Law

The captivating inside story of the historic 2018 Boston Red Sox, as told through the assembly and ascendancy of their talented young core—the culmination of nearly a decade of reporting from one of the most respected baseball writers in the country.

The 2018 season was a coronation for the Boston Red Sox. The best team in Major League Baseball—indeed, one of the best teams ever—the Sox won 108 regular season games and then romped through the postseason, going 11-3 against the three next-strongest teams baseball had to offer.

As Boston Globe baseball reporter Alex Speier reveals, the Sox’ success wasn’t a fluke—nor was it guaranteed. It was the result of careful, patient planning and shrewd decision-making that allowed Boston to develop a golden generation of prospects—and then build upon that talented core to assemble a juggernaut. Speier has covered the key players—Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and many others—since the beginning of their professional careers, as they rose through the minor leagues and ultimately became the heart of this historic championship squad. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews and years of reporting, Homegrown is the definitive look at the construction of an extraordinary team.

It is a story that offers startling insights for baseball fans of any team, and anyone looking for the secret to building a successful organization. Why do many highly touted prospects fail, while others rise out of obscurity to become transcendent? How can franchises help their young talent, in whom they’ve often invested tens of millions of dollars, reach their full potential? And how can management balance long-term aims with the constant pressure to win now?

Part insider’s account of one of the greatest baseball teams ever, part meditation on how to build a winner, Homegrown offers an illuminating look into how the best of the best are built.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062943569
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2021
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 147,819
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Alex Speier has covered the Red Sox for more than fifteen years, the last four at the Boston Globe. He has also reported on the Red Sox minor league system for Baseball America since 2007.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Boiler Room 7

Chapter 2 The Next Great Red Sox Team 33

Chapter 3 The Bridge Year 61

Chapter 4 Lost in Transition 86

Chapter 5 Mookie 103

Chapter 6 Moncada and the Drive 131

Chapter 7 Change at the Top 151

Chapter 8 Price Is Right 176

Chapter 9 Ready or Not 197

Chapter 10 All-In 224

Chapter 11 Culture Conundrum 244

Chapter 12 A New Leader 272

Chapter 13 October Ready 305

Epilogue 335

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 341

Acknowledgments 367

Index 371

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