I’ve published my annual White Sox reference book, and here are the details:
The centerpiece of White Sox Outsider 2012 is “From Ozzie to Robin,” an in-depth look at the circumstances that led to Ozzie Guillen’s departure, and how his legacy should remain intact despite the unseemly end. It then spins it ahead to Robin Ventura — where he came from, what he inherits, and what he might be able to do with the 2012 White Sox.
*Nearly 100 percent of the writing! White Sox Outsider 2012 is written with the benefit of hindsight, using the day-in, day-out writing at South Side Sox as a notebook for a more comprehensive look back at the season. With the exception of Mark Buehrle’s eulogy (departing 2005 players always get a website treatment), nearly everything else is brand new.
*Cartoons by Carl Skanberg! Yes, White Sox Outsider 2012 is the most handsome annual in the business thanks to the brilliant artwork of the cartoonist behind Smells Like Mascot. He painted, drew and designed the front and back covers, as well as six inside cartoons.
Section 1: Transaction Register – A move-by-move account of the 2011 season, and the offseasons before and after.
Section 2: 2011 Season in Review – A month-by-month recap of the 2011 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 2012 and 2013.
Section 4: White Sox Eulogies – Everybody gets one, from Buehrle to Josh Kinney.
Section 5: From Ozzie to Robin – See above.
Section 6: Looking Forward – Reviews and previews for the entire 40-man roster.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside the book.