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Don Cooper #99

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Full Name:
Don Cooper
Uniform #:
99

Coaching Career

- Career: Begins his 27th season in the White Sox organization and his 12th full season as pitching coach … agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension on 9/27/11 … was named pitching coach on 7/22/02 after serving as the organization's minor-league pitching coordinator from 1997-2002 … since his appointment, the White Sox have gone 948-897 (.514) with a 4.22 ERA (7,726 ER/16,479.2 IP) … under his direction, the Sox have made a Major-League leading 970 quality starts since 2003 … Mark Buehrle threw a no-hitter on 4/18/07 and a perfect game in 7/23/09, and Philip Humber threw a perfect game on 4/21/12.

- 2013: The White Sox ranked fifth in the American League with 90 quality starts and ninth with a 3.98 era, their lowest mark since 2005 (3.61) … Sox pitchers recorded a franchise-record 1,249 strikeouts … the season- ending starting rotation featured five pitchers who were 25 years old or under … RHP Erik Johnson (23), LHP Jose Quintana (24), LHP Chris Sale (24), RHP Andre Rienzo (25) and LHP Hector Santiago (25) recorded a combined 3.46 ERA (242 ER/628.2 IP) with 568 strikeouts in 101 starts (61 quality) … Sale (6.9) and Quintana (5.4) combined to record a 12.3 WAR, the second-highest total by a duo in the Major Leagues behind Detroit's Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez (13.0) … Sale (214.1 IP) and Quintana (200.0) became the first lefty pitchers in White Sox history under the age of 25 to each throw at least 200.0 IP in the same season … prior to Sale and Quintana, the last Sox duo under 25 to record 200.0 IP or more in the same year was Alex Fernandez (247.1) and Wilson Alvarez (207.2) in 1993 … Addison Reed became the fourth pitcher (fifth time) in Sox history to record 40 or more saves and the youngest to accomplish the feat … Sale and RHP Jesse Crain represented the Sox at the All-Star Game … served as acting manager on 6/6 vs. Oakland while Robin Ventura attended a family graduation ceremony (Sox lost, 5-4) … missed 10 games from 4/9-18 and three from 9/6-8 with diverticulitis.

- 2012: The Sox tied for sixth in the AL with 86 quality starts, five off the league lead … Chris Sale, in his first professional season as a starter, went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and 192 strikeouts … Jake Peavy (194) and Sale ranked eighth and ninth in the AL in strikeouts … the Sox used 10 rookie pitchers, including a Major-League record eight during a 9-8, 14-inning victory on 7/13 at Kansas City … rookie Nate Jones led AL relievers with eight victories (8-0), and rookie Addison Reed tied for seventh in the AL with 29 saves … Philip Humber threw baseball's 21st perfect game on 4/21 at Seattle.

- 2011: Managed the final two games of the season after Ozzie Guillen was released from his contract on 9/26, going 1-1 vs. Toronto … won his debut, 2-1, on 9/27 and lost the season finale, 3-2 … the Sox ranked second in the AL with a then franchise-record 1,220 strikeouts … the Sox also set franchise records for bullpen strikeouts (479) and 41 games with 10 or more strikeouts … the pen averaged 9.83 strikeouts per 9.0 IP, the second-highest mark in Major-League history behind the 2010 Atlanta Braves (10.06) … Mark Buehrle recorded 10 wins, 200.0 IP and 30 starts for the 11th consecutive season, the longest streak in franchise history … Sergio Santos, a converted infielder, became the eighth pitcher in Sox history to record 30 saves in a season.

- 2010: the White Sox ranked third in the AL with 94 quality starts … the bullpen set a then franchise record with 444 strikeouts … John Danks (15), Mark Buehrle (13), Freddy Garcia (12) and Gavin Floyd (10) all won 10 or more games … Danks set career highs in victories, IP (213.0) and strikeouts (162).

- 2009: The Sox led the AL for the second straight season with 86 quality starts and ranked second with a 4.14 ERA … the starters tied Tampa Bay for the AL lead with 970.0 IP … Buehrle threw the 18th perfect game in Major-League history on 7/23 vs. Tampa Bay … Buehrle also set a Major-League record by retiring 45 consecutive batters over three starts from 7/18-28, breaking the record of 41 shared by teammate Bobby Jenks.

- 2008: White Sox pitchers led the AL with 93 quality starts … four members of the starting rotation recorded 10 or more victories … Jenks became the first Sox pitcher to collect at least 30 saves in three consecutive seasons.

- 2007: White Sox starters ranked second in the AL with 1,016.0 IP and fourth with 88 quality starts … Jenks became the first pitcher in franchise history to record 40 or more saves in back-to-back seasons and tied the Major-League record by retiring 41 consecutive batters from 7/17-8/12.

- 2006: Was a member of the 2006 AL All-Star coaching staff … Sox starting pitchers led the Major Leagues in IP for the second straight season, throwing 1,042.0 … Freddy Garcia (216.2), Jon Garland (211.1), Buehrle (204.0) and Javier Vazquez (202.2) all threw 200-plus IP, the second consecutive season the Sox featured four starters with 200.0 or more and 13th time in franchise history … the White Sox recorded 11 shutouts, their highest total since 1993 … Jose Contreras posted a franchise-record, 17-game winning streak from 8/21/05-7/9/06 … Buehrle, Contreras and Jenks were named to the AL All0-Star team.

- 2005: The Sox ranked second in the AL with a 3.61 ERA, the club's lowest figure since 1990 (3.61) and third- lowest since 1972 … White Sox starters led the AL with 1,074.0 IP … Garland (18-10), Buehrle (16-8), Contreras (15-7) and Garcia (14-8) all won 14 or more games … Buehrle and Garland were named to the AL All-Star team, the first time the Sox have sent two pitchers to the Midsummer Classic since 1994 (Wilson Alvarez and Jason Bere) … Buehrle was the starting and winning pitcher for the AL, throwing 2.0 scoreless IP … Garland (April), Buehrle (June) and Contreras (September) all garnered AL Pitcher of the Month honors, marking the first time since the 1991 Minnesota Twins that three members of the same staff have been honored in one season … during the 11-1 run that culminated in the Sox first World Championship since 1917, the pitching staff compiled a 2.55 ERA (32 ER/113.0 IP) while limiting Boston, Los Angeles and Houston to a combined .202 (81-401) average … Buehrle, Garland, Garcia and Contreras recorded four straight complete-game victories to conclude the ALCS vs. the Angels … the Sox became the first club to accomplish that feat in one postseason since the 1928 Yankees vs. St. Louis … Sox pitchers held the Angels to a .175 average, the lowest mark in a LCS since 1984 when Kansas City hit .170 vs. Detroit.

- 2004: The White Sox starting rotation ranked second in the AL with 1,008.0 IP … Buehrle led the AL with 245.1 IP, while Garland (career-high 217.0) and Garcia (210.0 combined) also reached the 200.0 IP mark.

- 2003: Chicago led the AL with 98 quality starts and ranked third with 12 complete games … the 98 quality starts was their highest figure since 1974, and the 12 complete games were the most by a Sox team since 1995 … Esteban Loaiza, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA and league-best 207 strikeouts to finish second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

- 2002: White Sox went 35-27 with a 4.12 ERA (250 ER/546.2 IP) after his appointment on 7/22.

- Previous: Spent 15 seasons (1988-2002) in various coaching capacities in the White Sox minor-league system, including six (1997-2002) as the organization's pitching coordinator … was named the organization's 2000 Charles W. Lubin Award winner for player development … was manager/pitching coach for the Caribes de Oriente in the Venezuelan Winter League from 1991-94.

Playing Career

Pitched for Minnesota (1981-82), Toronto (1983) and the New York Yankees (1985) over four Major-League seasons, going 1-6 with a 5.27 ERA in 44 games … earned his only Major-League victory vs. the Yankees on 9/2/82 … went 65-47 with a 3.46 ERA (295 ER/768.1 IP) and 588 strikeouts in 289 minor-league games (60 starts) … recorded seven complete games (one shutout) and 64 saves … named International League All-Star relief pitcher at Triple-A Syracuse in 1983 … led the IL with 125 strikeouts at Triple-A Toledo in 1982 … threw a no-hitter for Class A Fort Lauderdale on 8/7/78 vs. Fort Myers.

Community Involvement

In 2013, participated in a White Sox Volunteer Corps event at Park Manor Elementary School … participated in a Sox Volunteer Corps event to assist the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 2012.

Miscellaneous/Personal

Married Ruby … has three children: Jaime, Luke and Kate … attended New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y., where he was named East Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1978 … received an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from the school on 5/21/06 … addressed the graduating class of N.Y.I.T. live via satellite prior to the Sox game vs. the Cubs … during the past several offseasons, has conducted numerous pitching clinics in the Chicagoland area, including at the Bulls-Sox Academy in Lisle, Ill.

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