's role in a reality television show seems natural because of the White Sox
's manager's spontaneity.
But having Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams as sidekicks?
That's the plan, as MLB Network announced Friday it has selected the
Sox's front office as the focus of its "The Club" series that will
feature a behind-the-scenes look from spring training
through the trading deadline, as well as off the field activities.
The first show is scheduled to be aired July 4, so there will be plenty of time to edit any vocal fireworks.
Scott Reifert, the Sox's vice president of communications, said the
family bond between Reinsdorf, Williams and Guillen made the Sox an
attractive choice, as well as the cooperation the Sox gave MLB
Productions during the 2005 World Series, when Game 3 hero Geoff Blum
and Willie Harris, who scored the winning run in Game 4, were miked for sound.
The Sox are expected to review the planned footage, which will feature
workouts, roster meetings and life at home and on the road, before the
first show is aired, Reifert said.
Assistant GM Rick Hahn, pitching coach Don Cooper and hitting coach Greg Walker also will be featured.
Williams said he learned of the television show at the Winter Meetings
last December in a meeting with Reinsdorf and MLB Production officials.
MLB Network broadcast "The Pen,'' which featured Philadelphia's relievers, during the 2009 season.