The White Sox coaching staff will have a new look next year. The team announced on Tuesday that Daryl Boston will be the Sox new first base coach and Bobby Thigpen will take over as bullpen coach. Harold Baines, who had been serving as the team’s first base coach, will become the Sox assistant hitting coach.
Thigpen will take over as the bullpen coach for Juan Nieves, who is now the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox. Thigpen has been a pitching coach or manager in the White Sox minor league system since 2007 and is very familiar with many of the young arms in the Sox big league bullpen. He pitched parts of 8 seasons with the White Sox from 1986-1993 and is the White Sox all times saves leader with 201, including a then record 57 saves in 1990. Thigpen’s background as a reliever and familiarity with the Sox young pitchers make him a perfect fit to take over as the bullpen coach.
Daryl Boston has served as the White Sox minor league outfield coordinator for the past 12 seasons and as a minor league hitting coach from 1998-2000. He was also in charge of the Sox defense during spring training. Boston plans to focus on improving the White Sox baserunning, emphasizing bigger leads at first and going from first to third on base hits. Boston was the Sox first round pick in 1981 and spent parts of 7 years on the South Side.
Harold Baines will take over the brand new position of assistant hitting coach and will work with Jeff Manto. Baines has been a member of the White Sox coaching staff since 2004 when he was hired by Ozzie Guillen as the bench coach, and has been the first base coach for the last seven seasons. The move comes as a bit of a surprise but according to the White Sox it was a move that Baines wanted and was excited about. Baines ranks among the Sox all time leaders in games played, home runs and RBI and was the #1 overall pick of the 1977 draft by the White Sox.
The team also announced that pitching coach Don Cooper, third base coach Joe McEwing, hitting coach Jeff Manto, bench coach Mark Parent and bullpen catcher Mark Salas will all return for 2013.
Fun Fact: With the addition of Thigpen and Boston to the White Sox coaching staff there have now been six members of the 1989 White Sox to serve as coaches (Ventura, Baines, Thigpen, Boston, Walker, and Guillen). In addition to those six, Mark Salas and VP Ken Williams were members of the 1988 team with all of the above players except Robin Ventura.
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