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White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper angrily ends interview over Dayan Viciedo

Jul 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen isn’t the only member of the White Sox’s coaching staff on edge these days, as pitching coach Don Cooper angrily hung up during a radio interview this morning when he was asked why the team hasn’t called up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A.

Cooper is paid to do the weekly phone interview, but the Chicago Tribune describes how things got ugly:

I have no clue about that. I’m a coach,” Cooper fumed during his session on “The Mully & Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670. “Do I feel like something [needs to be done]? Yeah, we have to score some runs. That’s what’s got to be done. And if we do, we have a chance to win. And if we don’t, we won’t.

Nice try, asking me to bring up [bleeping] Viciedo. I not in charge of making moves, I’m in charge of coaching. When host Brian Hanley told Cooper that he wasn’t trying to put him on the spot, Cooper hung up.

Cooper’s tantrum follows Guillen’s postgame freakout last night and speculation that the White Sox may try to put Adam Dunn on the disabled list with a questionable knee injury in order to get him out of the lineup and call up Viciedo.

Chicago is in third place at 47-51 and Minnesota is in fourth place at 46-51, yet the White Sox appear to be coming apart at the seams and the Twins are doing everything they can not to start printing playoff tickets.

  1. Steve A - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Based on the recent actions and words of coaches, managers, and GMs in the division, the AL Central is getting ugly. There’s a lot of pressure to win this year, and no one is making a strong move to take the division over. It should be fun to watch the rest of the way this year.

  2. AK47 - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    The White Sox motto this year is “All In”. To that I say, “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”

    • Panda Claus - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      If the White Sox coaching staff doesn’t start winning AND trying to regain some composure, Williams may be telling the staff you’re “All Out” at season’s end.

      Coming from a fan in another city, this soap opera is fun to watch. But as we get further past 2005, I can only imagine South Siders are growing more and more tired of this drama.

      • mntwinsguy - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        So is the coaching staff losing and the players are winning or are both losing or is there a third entity that is winning while the other two are losing? It was just so much easier when teams won and lost and not the individual portions of the teams.

      • Panda Claus - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Good point mntwinsguy. I mixed my words, and perhaps metaphors there.

        Often the lame duck ends up a cooked goose.

  3. FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    We should just exclude the AL Central from this year’s playoffs, add one more wild card spot…

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      AL Central is more interesting than the Yanks/Sox money rivalry and the boring-ness of the AL West (exception: Texas).

      • FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM

        Interesting isn’t my point. The teams have shown thus far to be really bad. The Angels (2nd, AL West) have a better record than the so called AL Central division leaders, heck 3rd place Tampa Bay leads them by half a game. Toronto in 4th place AL East is only about 2.5 games behind them. And it’s not like the teams I’ve just mentioned have great win-loss records, they are all above average teams. Totally unlike the case where Atlanta (a great baseball team) has a spectacular record much better than the other NL Division leaders.

        At this pace we’re going to reward a mediocre baseball team (85-87 wins) with a playoff spot for being above average than the rest of a division of bad baseball teams. I find that objectionable. It’s feels like the Seattle Seahawks going to the NFL playoffs despite a 7-9 record (sub .500!!!!!).

      • FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        Actually the Giants have caught up a bit to the Braves, but the Braves are still better than Giants record wise.

  4. strandedtwinsfan - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    They pressed him on this last week and he said essentially the same, that he had nothing to do with personal decisions. It sounds like he tired of hearing the same question when he’d already given his answer.

    • paperlions - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      Maybe he doesn’t like personal or personnel questions :-D

  5. desde333 - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    If Viciedo were blond with blue eyes or if he were born in Venezuela, he plays the full year…..Guillen me
    cago en la resinga de la prostituta que te pario.

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