Suddenly, everything old is new again for the White Sox coaching staff.
The Sox have announced that former Sox closer Bobby Thigpen is the club's new bullpen coach, replacing Juan Nieves who is the new Red Sox pitching coach, and Daryl Boston will take over the first base coaching duties. Boston replaces Sox icon Harold Baines, who will work with the hitters along with hitting coach Jeff Manto.
Both Thigpen and Boston have been in the Sox organization. The former has either managed or served as a pitching coach in the team's farm system since 2007 and the latter has been both a minor league outfield coordinator and minor league hitting coach for well more than a decade.
Thigpen recorded 201 saves for the Sox from 1986-93 in a career that also saw him pitch for the Phillies and Mariners. Boston, the Sox's first round pick in 1981, played 11 seasons with the Pale Hose, Mets, Rockies and Yankees.
The remainder of the coaching staff--bench coach Mark Parent, pitching coach Don Cooper, third base coach Joe McEwing and bullpen catcher Mark Salas will all return in 2013.
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