Pitching coach Don Cooper will manage White Sox’s last two games, gets contract extension

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Joey Cora was initially expected to manage the White Sox’s final two game following Ozzie Guillen’s departure last night, but now apparently Cora is joining Guillen with the Marlins and pitching coach Don Cooper will serve as interim manager.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that first base coach Harold Baines will “assist” Cooper, who “is expected to stay with the Sox through next season.”

Cooper generally flies under the radar as one of the game’s best pitching coaches, so keeping him amid what will surely be a significant turnover of the coaching staff under whoever ends up replacing Guillen as full-time manager is a good move for the White Sox.

UPDATE: Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Cooper and Baines have both agreed to multi-year contract extensions, so they’ll be the holdovers on the coaching staff regardless of who the White Sox hire as their new manager.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.