Posts tagged "Don Cooper"

Another troubling update from old friend John Danks

Another troubling update from old friend John Danks
Not that long ago, John Danks’ return to the rotation was set to be the big trade deadline addition to the starting rotation.  It wasn’t the jazziest sales line of all time, but since the alternative was Francisco Liriano, a Danks 2012 return can reside in the realm of tortured White Sox fantasies. But now... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Liriano comes up preposterously big

This was not a game the White Sox displayed any great desire to have Francisco Liriano start.  He had been pulled from the rotation earlier in the week, bumped in out and out from rotation schedule twice, and had the bullpen working in the 7th even though he had a no-hitter going. He had a... Read more »

Your latest update in the White Sox starter shuffle

Your latest update in the White Sox starter shuffle
It’s not a time of the greatest feelings about the White Sox starting rotation.  A sturdy rock holding firm amidst a river of sadness in previous seasons, this year has seen the rotation’s two mainstays go down, a wave of seemingly unqualified youngsters, and many, many injuries and ailments to manage. There’s a source of... Read more »
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Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember
Notice a trend, perchance? We had a nice little peak there–far longer than the average peak for a reliever–and now Thornton has slid all the way back to where he was just a wide-eyed 31 year-old, not yet learned in The Way of Coop. One could hate the sinner–and Thornton has done himself no favors... Read more »

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox start  the first of their two remaining head-to-head series Friday, after each spent the last week kinda killing the buzz of the whole affair. Not killing the buzz for us, obviously.  You the reader–who is either a hyper-partisan Sox fan or at least reading understanding that the target audience... Read more »

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub
It’s mid-August, and everyone’s banged-up. The White Sox are old, and that doesn’t help, but most of the regulars have played over 100 games (A.J.’s stuck on 99, but everyone agrees that catching full-time is essentially self-mutilation).  Playing in Saturday night’s slop-fest probably didn’t help anyone. Improbably, Paul Konerko is fine after spending the minimum... Read more »
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Morning notes - Thanks for the memory, Jordan Danks

Morning notes - Thanks for the memory, Jordan Danks
Apparently the White Sox were more than aware of the redundancy of carrying both Jordan Danks and DeWayne Wise on the roster.  They’re sending Jordan back to AAA Charlotte, and replacing him with what was being announced Sunday as “pitching depth”.  In case you were wondering, Jordan Danks’ last at-bat with the team was the... Read more »

Forget that six-man rotation

Forget that six-man rotation
Per the usual method of announcing managing directives, Don Cooper let it be known via his radio show on 670 AM The Score that the White Sox would be kicking Philip Humber out of the rotation and out to the pen, ending the six-man arrangement after one turn. And so begins the debate; is the... Read more »

New manager, new six-man rotation

New manager, new six-man rotation
With all the talk this year about how different Robin Ventura’s style is from Ozzie Guillen’s, the few strategic holdovers stick out like gangrenous thumbs.  They might as well mandate that the phrase “six-man rotation” can only be read aloud in Don Cooper’s Brooklyn accent. The White Sox are heading back to the six-man starting... Read more »
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Kenny rages against the dying of the light

Kenny rages against the dying of the light
For a few years now, I’ve been waiting for the White Sox destitute farm system and aging major league core to culminate in a hellish disaster of a season–a last place finish where everyone’s prime ends simultaneously, and the lack of any viable replacements forces the franchise to go into an Astros-like coccoon for five... Read more »