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White Sox Front Office to Star in MLB Network Reality Series

Feb 19, 2010 – 11:17 AM
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For years people have said that Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen should have his own reality television show. Now Guillen and the rest of the White Sox front office will have one, as the MLB Network announced on Friday a new reality series, debuting this summer, called The Club, which will feature them.

From spring training through the trade deadline this July 31, a camera crew will follow around Guillen, general manager Kenny Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf to give baseball fans an inside look at what actually goes on within a baseball organization during a season.

"The success of The Pen last season showed that fans want to learn more about their favorite teams, players and managers on and off the field," said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network. "This season we'll give fans unprecedented access to one of the most dynamic managers and front office staffs in Major League Baseball."

The Pen, in case you didn't see it, was a similar show on MLB Network last season that followed the bullpen of the Philadelphia Phillies.

As for what the viewers will see with the White Sox, they'll be there in spring training as the front office gets together for meetings to decide the team's roster this season, on Opening Day, on the road, at the trade deadline, and even a glimpse into their lives away from the game.

"The core of our baseball operations staff has been together now for many years," said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. "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."

I wouldn't count on any kind of Jersey Shore antics, but with Ozzie Guillen involved, you never really know.

The show debuts on Sunday July 4 at 8 PM ET on MLB Network, so set the DVR. It should be interesting whether you're a fan of the team or baseball in general.
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