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Two top Sox coaches conducting clinics in Lisle

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  • White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will help conduct a pitching and catching clinic Saturday and Sunday at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle.

      White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will help conduct a pitching and catching clinic Saturday and Sunday at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle.
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By Pete Kelly
Bulls/Sox Academy

White Sox coaches Don Cooper and Todd Steverson will participate in clinics Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26, to help young baseball players hone their skills at the Bulls/Sox Academy, 6200 River Bend Drive, Lisle.

Space is limited to 60 athletes per clinic.

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Cooper, the Sox pitching coach, will work with academy staff members to conduct a two-day pitching and catching clinic. Cooper will teach a variety of pitching mechanics, including grip, balance, pitch selection and the mental aspect of pitching at a higher level.

Even if pitching is not in your plans, throwing correctly is critical to becoming a good player. Pitching with accuracy, velocity and minimal arm strain is no accident. There is a process that should be followed from Little League to the Bigs.

For catchers, the clinic will cover stance, receiving, blocking, throwing and game management by learning the fundamentals and strategies the pros use.

The Pitching and Catching Clinic is open to players ages 10 to 14 and will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $99.

Cooper is in his 26th season in the White Sox organization and his 11th full season as pitching coach. He was named pitching coach during the 2002 season after serving as the organization's minor league pitching coordinator from 1997 to 2002. He pitched for Minnesota (1981-82), Toronto (1983) and the New York Yankees (1985) over four major-league seasons.

Steverson, the new Sox hitting coach, will work with academy staff to teach a two-day hitting and infield clinic. The clinic will cover the basics of the swing and the mental aspect of hitting.

The first day will cover major league drills for both hitting and fielding led by academy instructors and former Sox slugger Dan Pasqua. On the second day, Steverson will be observing and giving his insight as to how to succeed at every level of baseball and what it takes to hit like a big leaguer.

The Hitting and Infield Clinic is open to players ages 10 to 14 and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $99.

Steverson served as the Oakland A's first base coach in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and coached in the teams farm system from 2011 to 2013 before being named the Sox hitting coach following the 2013 season.

For details on the clinics, visit BullsSoxAcademy.com or call (630) 324-8221.

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