Big news! I’ve been dying to talk about this for a while, and now I can: the 2010 Maple Street Press Dodgers Annual is headed to press. We’re talking 128 ad-free pages of nothing but Dodgers, including two articles and several player capsules written by yours truly.
But just having me in a book isn’t enough to sell it; just check out this murderer’s row of Dodger bloggers and authors, all edited and pulled together by Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts.
The annual, which will also be available on local newsstands at the start of March, offers 128 ad-free pages devoted to the Dodgers, including a review of the 2009 season, a thorough series of player profiles and articles previewing the coming year, a 25-page section on the farm system and another 25 pages of historical features.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Amid Turmoil, Hope (2010 season preview), by Chad Moriyama of Memories of Kevin Malone
- So Close, Again (2009 season in review), by Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
- Manny Be Good? (What to expect from Ramirez in 2010), by Jay Jaffe of Baseball Prospectus
- Disorder In McCourt (an analysis of the impact of the McCourts’ divorce) by Joshua Fisher of Dodger Divorce
- State Of The Stadium, by Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
- One Out Away (Jonathan Broxton looks to recover from another disappointing finish), by Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness
- Critical Campaigns (James Loney and Russell Martin), by Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness
- The Collected Colletti (a Q&A), by Josh Suchon of KABC AM 790
- Aces Are Wild Cards (The last word on No. 1 starters), by Eric Enders, baseball historian
- Prospect Park (Top 20 prospects in the Dodger farm system), by Dodger prospect expert Richard Bostan
- Individually Packaged (how the Dodgers develop young arms), by Josh Suchon of KABC AM 790
- No Minor Hopes (life in AAA), by Albuquerque Isotopes play-by-play announcer Robert Portnoy
- One In A Trillion (a Vin Scully retrospective), by Dodger team historian Mark Langill
- Unsung Heroes (key contributions from unexpected sources), by Bob Timmermann of The Griddle and One Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
- Sweep And Low (the end of the 1980 season), by Dodger Thoughts commenter BHSportsGuy
- The Great Dividers (the 20 most controversial Dodgers of the 2000s), by Jon Weisman
Petriello also wrote the bulk of the player profiles, along with BHSportsGuy and another Dodger Thoughts commenter, CraigUnderdog.
All that, for just $12.99! You can order online here, or pick it up at bookstores throughout Southern California. I interviewed the very gracious Jay Jaffe for the Broxton piece, during which I found out he was involved as well, but as MOKM said, I had no idea of the depth and quality of the crew that Jon pulled together until I saw this list just now.
Maple Street has had annuals like these for other teams in previous years, and it’s exceedingly cool that the Dodgers have one now as well. Let’s hope it does well enough to make it a recurring project!