The Chicago White Sox are going to part ways with the pitching coach, Don Cooper.
Monday started off with some wild news as the Chicago White Sox announced that they are going to part ways with Rick Renteria. He was a great coach for them during the rebuild but it was clearly time to move on as they try to take the next step. This all came before Rick Hahn’s end of the season press conference where he was going to go over all of the things that people wanted to know about the team going forward.
One of the biggest pieces of information that came out of the press conference was that the team was going to allow the new manager to help decide which coaching staff members will stay. The only one who has already agreed to mutually part ways is Don Cooper which came as a big surprise announcement. Cooper has been with the White Sox for a very long time, 19 years to be exact.
Cooper has had a whole lot of success with the White Sox. He has worked with guys like Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Chris Sale, and Lucas Giolito which tell you that he knows how to get the most out of elite pitchers. Mark Buehrle and Phillip Humber both threw perfect games under Cooper and Giolito threw a no-hitter. They also won the 2005 World Series with one of the most dominant pitching staffs in the history of baseball.
As good as Cooper was for the White Sox, it was time for a change. 19 years (and 32 years with the organization at various levels) is a long time for anyone to be anywhere. They are now going to bring in a new manager who will help decide who the best option to be the pitching coach is. Hopefully, whoever it is can help White Sox pitchers as much as Cooper did.
It is an appealing job, to say the least right now. Whoever gets hired will have an already established Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel to work with along with the opportunity to help young guys like Dylan Cease, Garrett Crochet, and Michael Kopech find their way. They are clearly committed to advancing this organization and this is more proof.