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Spellman's Scorecard: Changes ahead for White Sox

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  • Pitching coach Don Cooper as new manager of the White Sox? Well, it would be interesting.

      Pitching coach Don Cooper as new manager of the White Sox? Well, it would be interesting.
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  • Pitching coach Don Cooper as new manager of the White Sox? Well, it would be interesting.

    Pitching coach Don Cooper as new manager of the White Sox? Well, it would be interesting.
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Imagine the scenario:

Both Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams are shown the door at the end of the season.

And now that Tyler Flowers has shown some promise, the team looks to move A.J. Pierzynski.

In addition, Mark Buehrle decides to test the free-agent market, and John Danks is traded before he can follow Buehrle out the door after next season.

What does that leave you with?

Perhaps the most uncharismatic White Sox team in recent memory.

Think about it:

Sure, Paul Konerko is a great player and team leader, but he's never going to knock your socks off. Who else do they have to fill the void? Beckham? Morel? Rios? Quentin? Floyd?


But maybe after a decade of thrills, spills and chills, that's just what the team needs.

But maybe not:

And if that's the case, and he's still around, here's your man: Don Cooper.

Can you imagine Coop at the helm?

Not sure if he would even want the job, or how well he'd handle it, but if charisma is a factor in the next managerial hire, Coop would have to top the list.


Just go ahead and hire smilin' Tony La Russa and let the good times roll.

This can't be good:

Bears officials, after perusing the playing surface at Soldier Field, have decided against re-sodding.

Oh, boy.


Forbes recently came out with rankings of the NFL's most valuable franchises, and the Bears were among a group of teams worth more than $1 billion.

And we're still talking about sodding and re-sodding?

Doing it with Style:

Good news for those who like to get partially or fully krausened when at the ballpark: the Cubs and Old Style have extended their agreement to continue selling the beer at Wrigley Field through 2013.


There you have -- other than the Jim Hendry firing -- the most exciting news emanating from the North Side this season.

Holy John Davidson:

It's pretty incredible that both NASCAR and the PGA will be holding playoff events in the area next week, yet neither registers much more than a blip on the radar.

When it's a Bears town, it's a Bears town.

Imagine the scenario:

Beloved horse owner passes away. One of his horses is quickly renamed in his honor. In its first career start, in a race named after the late owner, it wins by a mile with tons of friends and family on hand to watch, cheer and cry.

Well, that's exactly what happened on Labor Day at Arlington Park when Bruce J. Frazier of Park Ridge was remembered by the racing community.

And when his 2-year-old, Here Comes Frazier, entered the winner's circle Monday it simply couldn't get any better then that.


Rex is the Redskins quarterback.

Life is just a fantasy:

In a new twist, all NFL teams will begin showing real-time fantasy football statistics on their scoreboards during games.

That's all well and good, but I'm not sure the boards at Soldier Field are big enough to handle all of Matt Spaeth's stats.

Ugliest duds:

The Bears in their orange, the Hawks in their black, or Maryland in their split personalities?

He said it:

"They stuck a lot of money into it. They're great people. I've gotten to know them over the years. We played college events up there. That's who I really feel bad for, the Jemsek family. The players just don't like it. They liked it before to some extent, and the redo is not good, sorry to say. It's sad for the Jemsek family."

-- Steve Stricker, telling Rory Spears his feelings about Cog Hill, which will host the BMW Championship next week.