I’ve published my annual White Sox reference book, and here are the details:
The centerpiece of White Sox Outsider 2011 is “Ken After Ten,” a retrospective of Kenny Williams’ 10 years in the GM seat as framed through his first season on the job. Although he’s gotten more polished over the years, the elements of his approach have remained surprisingly similar. He even used the “50 cents” line during his first day at work!
*Nearly 100 percent of the writing! We’ve discussed and I’ve written about the events of the season in great detail here and on Sox Machine, but White Sox Outsider 2011 is written with the benefit of hindsight, and with the ability to fit events into a larger context. Bobby Jenks’ eulogy is in the book, but just about everything else is brand new.
*Cartoons by Carl Skanberg! Not only did our friend Carl design the front cover, but he also added six awesome cartoons for each of the sections. I actually said “Boom!” when I saw his idea for the White Sox Eulogies section front.
*A foreword by SBNation’s own Rob Neyer!
Section 1: Transaction Register — A move-by-move account of the 2010 season, and the offseasons before and after.
Section 2: 2010 Season in Review — A month-by-month recap of the 2010 season, including “Month in a Box.”
Section 3: Down on the Farm — A review of the farm system and the draft, as well as top prospect lists for 2011 and 2012.
Section 4: White Sox Eulogies — Everybody gets one, from Jenks to.
Section 5: Ken After Ten — See above.
Section 6: Looking Forward — Reviews and previews for Ozzie Guillen and the entire 40-man roster.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside the book.
Believe you me, I find it quite awkward to essentially ask for your money, so I try my damndest to provide something of enduring value to make it worth your investment and time. It’s really the only book of its kind for Sox fans, and the people who have bought it seem to look forward to it. If you’re one of those people, I hope you’ll spread the word.
Thanks to Adrienne, Jeff, Larry, Matt, McGuire and Randy for their work in editing it, which they do out of sheer kindness. Thanks to you for considering, and hopefully buying.