The annual Chicago White Sox reference book is back for a fifth year, featuring:
*Analysis of every transaction during the season.
*A recap of the 2012 season
*A review of the year down on the farm.
*Eulogies for all departing White Sox players, from A.J. Pierzynski to Eric Stults.
*An assessment of Kenny Williams' last year as general manager, and what he leaves for new GM Rick Hahn.
*Reviews and previews for Robin Ventura and every player on the 40-man roster (including Conor Gillaspie!)
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Mar 24, 2013
All more-than-casual White Sox fans should buy and read this book This is the fifth annual volume in Jim Margalus' White Sox Outsider series, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. As Jim himself explains in his preamble, it is "still the only - and, by default, the best - annual Chicago White Sox reference book". White Sox Outsider stands alone by offering an in-depth, readable and entertaining recap of the past season and look ahead to the upcoming season for the White Sox. In the 2013 volume Jim follows the same general format as in years past, starting with an exhaustive recap of all the roster transactions since the end of the 2011 season. In other authors' hands this section might be terribly dry and legalistic in tone, but Jim spices it up and uses humor to good advantage, as he does throughout the book. The "season in review" section is something that a reader who saves the book can refer to years in the future to recall the ups-and-downs of the long... More > baseball season. "Down on the farm" provides a summary of the best prospects in the White Sox system, and "White Sox eulogies" describes the careers of every newly departed White Sox, from franchise heroes (A.J. Pierzynski) to the not-soon-enough-gone and all-but-forgotten (Ray Olmedo). Given the change in White Sox front office responsibilities and titles, Jim has a special section this year describing what it might mean for the future of the club. My favorite section of the book is the "looking forward" section, in which Jim summarizes the current state of the team, manager and each player on the 40-man roster, and then offers his predictions for what might happen in the future. Jim's predictions are qualitative rather than quantitative, but even accounting for the additional imprecision that words allow as compared to numbers, I have found Jim's forecasts in the past to be prescient. Although he has a day job and follows the White Sox by watching the games on TV, he often far outshines the White Sox beat reporters in his analysis of the team. To pick a nit, my only complaint about White Sox Outsider is that it could have benefitted from a more thorough proofreading cycle to hopefully catch errors such as saying Andre Rienzo was signed as a free agent in 1988. However, large fact-filled volumes are bound to contain errors, and I do appreciate that Jim does his best to get White Sox Outsider to print before the start of the season, for fans such as myself to read as a season preview.< Less
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