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Bobby Thigpen #37

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Bobby Thigpen
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MANAGERIAL/COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: Begins his ninth season with the White Sox organization and his third as bullpen coach...The Sox's 2014 bullpen included five rookies who made at least 28 relief appearances apiece...Rookie Jake Petricka led the Sox with 14 saves and 67 appearances...Rookie Zach Putnam topped the staff with 16 holds and ranked 10th among American League relievers with a 1.98 ERA...Rookie Daniel Webb ranked third on the club with 57 appearances...Spent the 2007-12 seasons in the Sox player development system...Served as pitching coach at Double-A Birmingham in 2012 and Class A Winston-Salem from 2009-11...managed Rookie-level Bristol from 2007-08.

PLAYING CAREER: Went 31-26 with a 3.43 ERA (217 ER/568.2 IP) and 201 saves in 448 relief appearances with the White Sox (1986-93), Philadelphia (1993) and Seattle (1994)...Is the White Sox all-time leader with 201 saves and ranks seventh with 424 appearances...Recorded 30-plus saves in four straight seasons from 1988-91...Finished fourth in the American League Cy Young award voting and fifth in the Most Valuable Player voting in 1990 after posting a 1.83 ERA (18 ER/88.2 IP) with 57 saves as the Sox improved from 69-92 to 94-68...His 57 saves were a Major League record that stood for 18 years until Francisco Rodriguez recorded 62 in 2008...Was named to the All-Star team that season, throwing one scoreless inning in a 2-0 AL victory at Wrigley Field...Led the AL in games finished in 1988 (59) and 1990 (73)...Appeared in two games for the Phillies in the 1993 ALCS vs. Atlanta, allowing one run in 1.2 IP...Threw 2.2 scoreless IP in two games vs. Toronto in the World Series...Was selected by the White Sox in the fourth round of the 1985 Draft out of Mississippi State.

MISCELLANEOUS/PERSONAL: Married Keri...Has two children: Robert and Rachel...Attended Mississippi State University, helping the Bulldogs reach the College World Series in 1985...Was a college teammate of Jeff Brantley, Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro.

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