About a month ago I mentioned that the Birmingham Barons were down a pitching coach. Well they’ve got that all figured out now, and have replaced the big league staff-bound Bobby Thigpen with another former White Sox hurler. Britt Burns will take over pitching coach duties in Birmingham this coming season. Burns played in parts of 8 seasons on the South Side, posting back to back sub .300 ERA’s in 1980 (his first full campaign) and 1981. He was traded to the Yankees in the first Ron Hassey trade with the Yankees after the 1985 season but was unable to make any appearances in pinstripes due to injury.
Since the Sox like to make moves in two’s the bespectacled Vance Law has been named Special Assistant to Player Development. Law only spent 3 seasons on the White Sox and one could argue that his best season came in 1988 on the other side of town with the Cubs, though I’ll argue that it was 1985 with the Expos because, you know, park effects. He’ll be leaving behind 13 years as Head Coach at Brigham Young University.