02/19/10 2:27 PM EST
MLB Network to follow White Sox in 2010
Team to be featured on 'The Club,' premiering on July 4
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Per an announcement made Friday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen will be featured in "The Club," an original reality series produced for MLB Network by MLB Productions that will air this summer. This follow-up to "The Pen," featuring the Phillies bullpen in 2009, will have unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the White Sox front office.
Beginning during Spring Training in Arizona, each episode will focus on the challenges faced both on and off the field by this trio of White Sox leaders. That footage will carry through roster meetings, Opening Day, on the road for away games and up through the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, along with presenting a look at the three men away from the ballpark. Assistant general manager Rick Hahn, pitching coach Don Cooper and hitting coach Greg Walker, personnel who work within the front office, also will be featured.
A Fourth of July premiere is scheduled on MLB Network at 7 p.m. CT, which seems like a fitting day with the fireworks potentially exhibited by an always entertaining Guillen during the taping.
"The core of our baseball operations staff has been together now for many years," said Williams in a statement from Friday's release. "The White Sox can be described pretty accurately as a family, even down to the unique relationships we all enjoy with one another.
"We understand that fans want a glimpse inside a baseball club's front office, want to see how decisions are made and want to watch as a Spring Training roster comes together to form a team. We hope 'The Club' provides that type of insight into the White Sox this summer for baseball fans."
This 2010 campaign marks the seventh season during which Reinsdorf, Williams and Guillen have functioned together as a management team. In an interview with MLB.com last spring, the trio talked about how they come together with the common goal of White Sox success.
"We all feel free to give our opinions and to argue, but to know that once you make the decision, we go forward together," Reinsdorf said. "It's great. I can't imagine having anyone besides Ozzie and Kenny."
"You have a Latino as a manager, a GM who is African-American and a white man as the owner," Guillen said. "I love it -- great combination. The way we grew up was different, and the way we look at stuff is different. When we talk about baseball, we have just one thing in mind -- how to put the team together to win."
"Our personalities, I know, are a little different than the average group," Williams said. "It works, somehow. It really works."
"The Club" is the fifth series produced for MLB Network by MLB Productions, following "Prime 9," "Baseball Seasons," "Triumph & Tragedy" and "The Pen."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.