The Chicago White Sox are welcoming back a former player of theirs. Bobby Thigpen has been named the bullpen coach for the team.
He had some pretty impressive numbers in his nine-year career. He posted a 3.43 ERA, recorded 201 saves and struck out 376 batters. His 201 saves rank him 41st on the all-time saves list. In 1990, he set the single season save record at 57, a record that stood until 2008 when Francisco Rodriguez broke it by saving 62 games.
I know that Thigpen will instantly help closer Addison Reed in his development. With his insight, he can also provide tips to Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and other pitchers in the bullpen. Thigpen will also get to work with Don Cooper, whom he greatly admires. He also gets to reunite with Robin Ventura, who he played with from 1988 to1993.
The move will not only help the White Sox but also help Thigpen. Working with Cooper will help develop Thigpen into a great pitching coach and perhaps even a managerial candidate down the road. That’s looking into the future, though.
As I said, this is a very shrewd move by the White Sox. Having a voice like Thigpen in the bullpen can do wonders for pitchers. Thigpen himself said “I think as a player no matter how old they are they still want to absorb some kind of knowledge. If I have something to offer they will be more than willing to grab it.”
Wise move by the White Sox.
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