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Sunday, July 12, 2020

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper concerned about Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech’s decision to not play baseball this season remains a mystery because Kopech hasn’t spoken — not to teammates and not to his pitching coach, who knows the prized right-hander is healthy.

But Don Cooper says he is concerned.

“I don’t know what is going on with Michael, but I know he deals with some anxiety and depression, and my thought is, I sure hope he’s OK,” Cooper told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. “And I hope he gets to where he needs to be, where he’s feeling good and wants to come back, because we will welcome him back with open arms.”

Knowing Kopech, 24, has openly discussed his anxiety and depression issues makes Cooper a bit uneasy. On an encouraging note, Kopech talked about being on the right side of those issues in the winter and early spring.

“Last time I saw him in spring training, he was in a great place,” Cooper said. “But let me put it this way: I sure hope the kid is OK.

“I’m concerned that he’s not OK.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2020 at 03:26 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 13, 2020 at 02:00 PM (#5962621)
I am not questioning Cooper's motives at all - this is a difficult topic - but talking about it in this way in the Chicago Sun Times is not the best way to address it.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 13, 2020 at 03:10 PM (#5962672)
Reading the article, I think more of the discredit lies with the Sun Times for ginning up the article. Cooper's probably doing his best, but he's a pitching coach not a media person.
   3. Rally Posted: July 13, 2020 at 03:23 PM (#5962680)
With Kopech and now Jordan Hicks opting out, projected MLB average velocity drops a bit.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 13, 2020 at 03:54 PM (#5962698)
projected MLB average velocity drops a bit.

Over the weekend, the Yankees announced that Aroldis Chapman has tested positive, is experiencing "mild symptoms," and won't be back with the team in summer camp for the "foreseeable future."

Dial that average velocity down a few more clicks.
   5. Rally Posted: July 13, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5962705)
How much could one player affect MLB velocity? Rough estimate for Nolan Ryan at his biggest workload is about 0.25.

He made 41 starts one year, completing most of his games. Plug in estimates for how many pitches he threw, assume he throws a higher pct. of fastballs than league average, he's throwing 100 while the league average was 85.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 13, 2020 at 04:14 PM (#5962707)
#5, you need to allow for hyperbole.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: July 14, 2020 at 05:51 PM (#5962876)
For 2015-17, Chapman so dominated the statcast velocity charts that they give you an option to turn on a Chapman filter. For 2018-19, Hicks has taken over but less dominant at about 85-90% of the fastest pitches (Tayron Guerrero is the non-Chapman name in the mix).
   8. Rally Posted: July 14, 2020 at 08:10 PM (#5962912)
Clapper, i was just curious, and i find it impressive that a single player could have a quarter mph impact on the league average.

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