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Pitching coach Don Cooper will manage White Sox’s last two games, gets contract extension

Sep 27, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

Don Cooper, Ozzie Guillen

Joey Cora was initially expected to manage the White Sox’s final two game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure last night, but now apparently Cora is joining Guillen with the Marlins and pitching coach Don Cooper will serve as interim manager.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that first base coach Harold Baines will “assist” Cooper, who “is expected to stay with the Sox through next season.”

Cooper generally flies under the radar as one of the game’s best pitching coaches, so keeping him amid what will surely be a significant turnover of the coaching staff under whoever ends up replacing Guillen as full-time manager is a good move for the White Sox.

UPDATE: Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Cooper and Baines have both agreed to multi-year contract extensions, so they’ll be the holdovers on the coaching staff regardless of who the White Sox hire as their new manager.

  1. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I love how Williams classfully told Cora in a text message to not to bother to show up tonight. Pink slips in 160 characters or less. Guess it’s a step above tweeting, “You’re Fired!!! #pinkslip”

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      I just read that in the Sun Times article. Hilariuos. You know what isn’t hilarious, Ozzie being made the villain for the White Sox past few season’s woes, when Kenny is the thorn in the side and always has been. I’ll miss Ozzie as on the South Side as much as Old Gator won’t miss him in FL.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        Wow, I need to reread these or issue a ‘corrections’ article or, you know, edit function.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Imagine if Adam Dunn hits 4 homers over the next 2 games? Then we’ll all know what the problem was…

  3. jimbo1949 - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    So, how many more coaches will they hire before they hire a manager? Box yourself into a corner much?

    • jackkoho - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Don cooper is arguably the best pitching coach in baseball. I think he is THE best.

  4. jdd428 - Sep 28, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    An extension for Cooper virtually rules out La Russa as a candidate for the Sox (thankfully). TLR always keeps Duncan by his side as PC, so he will not have any interest in a return to the South Side – and that’s assuming he decides not return to StL, which he still might.

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