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Monday, January 27, 2014

White Sox’ Cooper says it won’t be easy right away, but future’s bright

I’d bust out some Son Of a Gun, but it’s sorta early…in the season.

“We have a tough row to hoe,’’ said Don Cooper, who’s preparing for his 12th season as Sox pitching coach. “We have a lot of young players. What Rick has done has made us look much better for the future. As far as the immediate future, I think it’s going to be a heck of a challenge for us.’’

Cooper knows the Sox could improve significantly and still be a 77-85 team. He also sees how lower expectations from outside the clubhouse can be advantageous. And he claims there are genuine reasons for optimism. With spring training less than three weeks away, now is the time for that.

“Hey, the moves Rick has made, we’re younger, we’re faster, we’re looking better for the future right now,’’ Cooper said. “And now we will get a chance to see all these guys play. I’m really excited to see [right fielder] Avisail Garcia [play a full season]. Man, he looks good. And he’s a big son of a gun.’’

When Hahn traded his No. 2 starter, Jake Peavy, to get Garcia before the trade deadline last season, Cooper asked, what’s not to like?

“He can run, too,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘You get a guy with speed and power? Those are hard to find. So it’s exciting. I see the shape that Ramirez is in. I see Abreu, and he’s a big son of a gun. He looks pretty good. I saw a couple of swings. Then I met [new hitting coach] Todd Steverson [from the disciplined Oakland Athletics organization]. There are many things in my mind, and I’m not just drumming them up to be optimistic about.’’

Repoz Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:39 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. madvillain Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4646898)
This is the first time since probably the early 90's where you can see the foundation of a good Sox team based on young position players. They need a little development luck (or to create some, which they've had about zero success with) in order to get there, but it's within the realm of possibility. Between, Abreu, Davidson, Eaton and Garcia it's fair to expect 8 or so WAR, and in a few years, maybe even 15.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 03:58 PM (#4646928)
“We have a tough row to hoe,’’

This is what I'm most impressed by. This expression is butchered like 80-90% of the time. WTF would you be hoeing a road?

The other one is "We've got to get untracked." A passing familiarity with trains would suggest that's the last thing you want to do.
   3. DL from MN Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4646931)
Isn't the Sox farm pretty bare?
   4. JJ1986 Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:07 PM (#4646934)
Isn't the Sox farm pretty bare?


Yes, but it's better than it has been at any other point recently.
   5. madvillain Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4646939)
Yes, but it's better than it has been at any other point recently.


Yes, its now just "bad" instead of "awful, worst in baseball". Right now they have real depth for the first time in recent memory, where on a top 20 prospect list you're not putting in org filler for spots 15-20. It's still lacking high end talent, but with the #3 pick in the June draft they should get some help in that regard.
   6. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4646945)
WTF would you be hoeing a road?

That's what makes it tough, with the paving and the traffic.

Incidentally, this is because DT's looooove Abreu, but Clay projects him with the sixth highest WARP among position players next year (tied with J.Upton; behind Trout, McCutchen, Posey, Y.Molina, and Votto).
   7. gef the talking mongoose Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4646956)

This is what I'm most impressed by. This expression is butchered like 80-90% of the time. WTF would you be hoeing a road?


Makes me wonder which is butchered more -- that one or "toe the line."
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:58 PM (#4646962)
At least towing a line makes sense. It would be like pulling a barge, that sort of thing.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4646967)
If you want to turn the dirt lane on your property into a tobacky field, that would be a tough road to hoe.
   10. Addison Russell T. Davies (chris h.) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 08:43 PM (#4647047)
I always assumed it was "tough row to ho," as in you've got a line of guys standing there, and the poor prostitute...

Know what? Nevermind.
   11. tshipman Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:05 PM (#4647051)
This is what I'm most impressed by. This expression is butchered like 80-90% of the time. WTF would you be hoeing a road?


I bet the reporter fixed it for him.
   12. Dock Ellis Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4647071)
Isn't the Sox farm pretty bare?

The farm system may be pretty bare but thanks to trades, the young position player talent at the major league level is pretty darn encouraging right now.
   13. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM (#4647109)
I don't know, Mr Winger, the last time I let you talk, I kind of got what the Maku-Maku call "dirt-roaded".

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