White Sox Outsider 2010 recaps the Chicago White Sox's 2009 season and previews the upcoming season. White Sox Outsider 2010 includes: *** A month-by-month recapping of the season *** A transaction log, explained *** Reviews and previews of the White Sox 40-man roster, including Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy and Paul Konerko *** A minor-league report *** Much, much more
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Sep 13, 2010
Better than last year - a must read for White Sox fans This second installation of what will hopefully continue to be an annual series for many years to come tops the first and is a must read for anyone who is more than a casual White Sox fan. Margalus follows the same basic structure as last year’s volume, discussing personnel transactions, reviewing last year’s season, looking at the talent at the minor league level, eulogizing departed White Sox, analyzing the main stories of the past season, and then previewing what Margalus expects from the team, the manager and each player in 2010. Margalus’s knowledge of the White Sox minor league players is impressive, and adds depth to his overall view of the team. As this season is proving once again, his predictive abilities are impressive. My only complaint about White Sox Outsider 2010 is a carryover from last year: because this production is undoubtedly a low budget one, there are some errors of fact that creep into the finished work... More > (for example on page 176 is the sentence “One of those homers was a grand slam that turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead.”). Margalus cites many stats, and it would be great if they were being checked for accuracy by a strong fact checker. Jim Margalus has matured as a writer and a baseball analyst. His commentary seems even more insightful and benefits from another year of intense study of the team and the minor league system. I daresay that he spends more time studying the White Sox than the beat writers employed by the Chicago newspapers to follow the team. His writing in this year’s edition is better structured as well as more humorous. But the biggest improvement to this year’s edition is the addition of cartoons and drawings from fellow White Sox fan Carl Skanberg. Skanberg’s “2009 White Sox” drawing on page 23 is a great visual summary of the year, and still causes me to laugh heartily when I look at it for the umpteenth time. Hopefully Skanberg will be a fixture in future volumes. Margalus is such a good White Sox analyst that I continue to read his Sox Machine and State of the Sox 2010 web sites on an almost daily basis. I also regularly check Carl Skanberg’s Smells Like Mascot web site for his latest cartoons. I very much hope that Margalus continues producing his web sites and I look forward to buying the latest Sox Outsider volume when it is published before the start of each White Sox season. And if the Tribune or Sun-Times ever need a new beat writer, they should immediately contact Mr. Margalus.< Less
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