The return of Sox Machine

The return of Sox Machine

A new look for an old site

Welcome to Sox Machine. For a bunch of you, it’s welcome back to Sox Machine.

The backstory, in case you don’t know the timeline: This was my original White Sox site, which I launched back in February of 2006 as a response to circumstances (I’d recently moved to New York just as people were talking about the Sox). After nearly five years here, SB Nation recruited me to take over South Side Sox after The Cheat departed, so I closed this thing down in January of 2011.

And now I’m back here six years later, and nearly 12 years since originally launching. Some of you have been there from the very beginning, and that’s pretty cool.

To acknowledge the question with a maddening lack of specifics, it just stopped making sense to continue writing for SB Nation. I’ll miss the community and the platform that made such deep/worthwhile/silly/absurd discussions possible, and I feel just a little bit selfish for returning to Sox Machine because of that, but a move is better for my motivation. If you’ve been a regular SSSer — or even a lurker — hopefully you’ll make the jump, too.

Speaking of which, Josh is bringing the (newly rechristened Sox Machine) podcast, and pnoles is aboard as well. Billy O’Keefe provided his services for the graphics. You should check out his other work.

You may have noticed the Patreon links. Here’s the deal with that: Tips are appreciated, but not expected. If I wanted a great return on my time, I probably would have stopped writing halfway into the 2007 season.

The deal is that you’ll get some extras — giveaways, post requests, mailbags, etc. You’ll also get an ad-light site experience. It’s currently an ad-free experience, but my goal is to supplement reader support with advertising that is relevant and unobtrusive. If an advertiser happens to be a business I like, I’d prefer to present them in ways that won’t make you hate them.

Maybe that sounds overidealistic, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

That’s the new deal for the new year and beyond. Here’s a separate post for site thoughts/requests/issues as I scrape off my site tech rust. Also, I have my pre-2011 posts content backed up, and I plan to re-import posts like the Mark Teahen flowchart and the AL Central Trail, but after enough time has passed that a whole bunch of posts from 6-8 years ago won’t confuse the hell out of the newcomer.

tl;dr: Meet the new site. Same as the old site, except this one can actually be accessed on a mobile phone.

Thanks for reading this, and thanks for reading everything else.

Happy New Year, and in multiple senses of the phrase.

-Jim

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fustercluck
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now that that’s over with

yinkadoubledare
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So with pnoles involved our annual thing is now the mathup eh?

Patrick Nolan
Editor

I’m down with that.

As Cirensica
Member

Haha…how do I rec here?
Rec’ed

Anohito
Member

More Sox goodness all around. I’m down. Best of luck Jim!

South Side Expat
Member

Took ya long enough. So glad for you guys. Happy New Year!

Bucky with the Good Hair
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Bucky with the Good Hair

New profile, who dis?

mechanical turk
Member

So is there a way to convert all my recs into likes or

Joliet Orange Sox
Member

I think I speak for all (or at least most) of the Friends of the Podcast on the old site in saying that I would be more than fine with my tiny monthly donations following you from there to here. Is that going to happen? I don’t think the Friends of the Podcast Patreon was at all linked to SBNation.

In any case, looking forward to continued great Sox coverage from Jim, Josh, and Patrick.

Jer-in-Az
Member

First time – long time

Got into Sox Machine approx a year before the move to the other site.  Appalling how they treat their writers, but that’s another conversation. Glad we are all still able to read your work.  A few initial request: No pigs or ‘dour’

loch
Member

Excited for the new site. 

beachpig
Member

Looking forward to the continued excellent coverage of the Sox in all forms by a class team of individuals.

ChunkySlugger72
Member

Hmm…So that’s the origin of Sox Machine, I always kind of thought that SouthSideSox was a rebrand or a spirtual successor to Sox Machine and that it replaced it, What’s kind of funny is that I vaguely remember this site’s earlier years during my teen days when I was randomly looking for Sox news and ended up reading a few post here and there ,but didn’t think much of it until I joined SSS several years later, Wasn’t really around during it’s inception ,But looking forward to joining new and old faces on Sox Machine 2.0 !!!

itaita
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I first found this place back when it was part of the sweetspot network on ESPN when i was tired of the national media mostly ignoring the team. So nice to have it back.

And while i love the new logo the question is just how toolsy is the rest of the site now?

asinwreck
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Get on up.

Get on up. Get on up. Get on up.

Trooper Galactus
Member

Follow you guys anywhere! Looking forward to continued excellence from you and the crew, Jim!

Eagle Bones
Member

Love that new site smell

MadManx
Member

Did anyone stop by Florida to update FloridaJims bookmarks? I’m worried we might lose him and a few other opos

Patrick Nolan
Editor

FloridaJim was a SoxMachine OG! He should be here!

striker
Member

Congrats on the move. Glad Josh and Patrick came with. Any chance you bring the White Sox Outsider back? Or has digital made it obsolete?

madridsox
Member

¡Hola de nuevo!

GrinnellSteve
Member

OK, for what little bit it’s worth, I’m in.

Congratulations and good luck, Jim and crew.

ParisSox
Member

Saw a calendar for sale at Wal Mart – classic midwestern towns or scenes or something.   Downtown Grinnell was one of the months.   Thought of you.  

mikeyb
Member

You guys are the best in the business for white sox coverage. The first commenting account I ever created for any website was SSS, because it was just a fantastic place. Excited to follow you guys here after a nice long run at SSS.

tedsox31
Editor

I, for one, enjoy not worrying about what text to put in the subject line versus the comment box.

KenWo4LiFe
Member

wait a minute. Where is the sporcle going to be? This is a burning question.

tedsox31
Editor

The weekly Saturday Sporcle will be continuing here!

Pointerbabe
Member

Yay!   Love me some Sox Sporcle!

Patrick Nolan
Editor

Awesome.

Right Size Wrong Shape
Member
Right Size Wrong Shape

Sold.

steely3000
Member

Wonderful!

JiminMaine
Member

Enjoyed your insight, approach and writing at the ol’ Sox Machine, followed you to SSS and happy to follow you here. Best of success Jim (and company) and thanks for keeping it going!

JoeMa25
Member

Just started reading SSS in the last 2 years or so, but happy to follow you over here. This coverage is the best . Thanks for all you do.

writchrd
Member

Well, this is a surprise. Welcome back.

KenWo4LiFe
Member

God dammit jim. You know I hate rebuilds.

katiesphil
Member

Well, then. I can go back to being katiesphil again. Congratulations, Jim. I wasn’t around for the first incarnation, but happy to be here for 2.0.

karkovice squad
Member

whodis?

MrTopaz
Member

*Looks around, gives a low whistle*

Nice digs.

Pointerbabe
Member

You move…I follow…

Plywooded
Member

Cool, I was just thinking about how I miss the days of less networked online forums in general. Hey, and this site merely informed me that my password choice was weak rather than forbidding me from using it! And the “prove your humanity” math problem wasn’t half bad!

Hardslab
Member

I came for the writing, but stayed for the Simpson’s references.

katiesphil
Member

Is this where the cool kids are hanging out now?

Cerpin Taxt
Member

Yes.

milkohol
Member

Maybe there’ll be fewer* authentication issues here

Patrick Nolan
Editor

Couldn’t authenticate you.

karkovice squad
Member

Do memes make the migration?

BuehrleMan
Member

fuck nick swisher will die when i do.

karkovice squad
Member

Your face will die when you do.

DocLizardo
Member

address plz

jorgefabregas
Member

It’s my first time here. Hooray.

granfaloon
Member

Long time lurker, I’ve been reading your content since the old SoxMachine, and I’m happy to follow you back here. Welcome back Jim, looking forward to the future of SoxMachine and the White Sox!

mikeschach
Member

same same

Kyle321n
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Welcome back Sox Machine! Are fans called cogs and how many likes does it take to go green here?

Steve
Member

How many likes for you or for anyone else?

Reindeer Games
Member

Bright side – it looks like pretty much everyone is still here. Downside – I no longer know what the best content is, because it isn’t provided in green for me. Ain’t nobody got time to read through all your comments.

awkwardsilence
Member

As a long time lurker at sss, I look forward to hiding in the shadows here as well. 

NateDPT12
Member

Aww, I just joined SSS and now there’s another site I have to move to? I just unpacked. 😎

In all seriousness, if I reset my password on this site does that mean I just reset my password on SSS.

jorgefabregas
Member

No

yoyo
Member

The content, podcast, AND saturday sporcle.

ok you got me!

billyok
Member

Pff I already knew about this

Welcome home!!

Wow 5 minutes to edit a comment instead of 90 seconds. Eat your heart out SBN

colintj
Member

wooooo

Amar
Member

Lol look who the Sox Machine dragged back in

patrick
Member

Haven’t commented in awhile (forGoodnessSakesTakeAPitch) because of family and job obligations but happy to follow to your new home!

Also changed my name because it was too long and a pain in the ass to login

Flitcraft
Member

Is this the gamethread?

northsiderepresent
Member

Hola.

Steve
Member

Hee

Bucky with the Good Hair
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Bucky with the Good Hair

Best of luck to the newest endeavor, everyone. Thank you Jim, as always.

To 2018 [raises glass]

Reindeer Games
Member

Nobody knows who you are anymore 2HA except your twitter homies like me.

Lurker Laura
Member

Hi, everyone. 

northsiderepresent
Member

Halloooo

grittyiq
Member

So this is where everyone went

steely3000
Member

Good to be here! Glad to see me?

steely3000
Member

Hey I can like myself here!

northsiderepresent
Member

I for one can’t get a lick of work done today.

This is a revolution.

Trooper
Member

but but but… what’s a soxmachine?

Lorenzo Barcelo
Member

This isn’t where I parked my car?

rhubarb
Member

Did larry get you out of your non-compete?