According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced at SoxFest this morning that former major league outfielder Vince Coleman will join the team during spring training to work with players on baserunning. He’s also expected to work with minor leaguers and major leaguers throughout the season.
Coleman, who ranks sixth on MLB’s all-time list with 752 stolen bases, spent last the two seasons as a minor league outfield/baserunning coach with the Astros.
The White Sox are surely hoping that Coleman will be able to impart some knowledge to speedsters like Adam Eaton and Micah Johnson. Eaton batted .300/.362/.401 across 123 games during his first season with Chicago last year, but he was just 15-for-24 (62.5 percent success rate) in stolen base attempts. There’s obvious room for improvement. Hopefully Coleman can also serve as an example for how not to handle yourself.