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White Sox fire interim manager before first game

Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:57 pm
 
Cora, Guillen

By Evan Brunell

Even though Ozzie Guillen is gone, the drama continues in Chicago. Interim manager Joey Cora, who is considered a strong candidate to manage somewhere one day, was fired by text message before managing his first game for the White Sox, the Chicago Sun-Times writes.

GM Kenny Williams replaced Cora (pictured, left, with Guillen) with pitching coach Don Cooper, texting Cora and telling him not to bother coming to the park. That's quite an odd development. There hasn't been any news as to the reasoning, but it appears as if the firing was related to Guillen, who managed his final game with the White Sox Monday night and is headed to Florida to manage. Cora is expected to join Guillen in Florida, so it's possible Williams didn't want anyone managing his team for them to leave after the year and follow the just-fired manager. You can understand that rationale.

Cora was the bench coach under Guillen in Chicago, while Don Cooper was in his ninth season as pitching coach. Cooper is expected to interview for the full-time managerial opening. Given the success of Bud Black in San Diego and now John Farrell in Toronto, it's possible Cooper could get the job after decades of pitching coaches never really being considered for the opening. However, the White Sox could also lure back ex-manager Tony La Russa or go in a different direction. No matter what happens, Cooper's job as a pitching coach is safe -- whether in Chicago or elsewhere -- as he's one of the best at his profession.

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Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:49 am
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

AH you have to love technology when you get fired by a text message, what the heck is this world coming to...But i'm glad Cora is gone, my White Sox need a change at almost every position.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:31 am
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

OH, what am I thinking even to comment on anything from this writer.  He is the same person, on Sept 7th, that said the Cardinals were out of the playoffs!  Who gives you, as a writer for CBSSports.com, the right to write your own opinion when your opinion is wrong?



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:28 am
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

Who knows?!  Maybe the next text will be from Jerry to Kenny....  No, the Sox couldn't be THAT fortunate! 



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:32 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

Exactly right.  Get the facts straight.  Chicago media outlets are reporting this one very differently even though much of the media supported Guillen.
Kenny Williams did not do a great job this year and is a little fiery, but he does not conduct himself unprofessionally.

And all those jumping on the Sox organization, give it a rest.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:28 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

This story is false.  Cora asked Williams not to manage as he will be following Ozzie to Florida.  All the Ozzie haters are just eating this story up and putting thier own spin on it.  Ozzie did a great job here and will be missed.  CBS get the facts right before publishing a story.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:06 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

This just goes to show how classless this orginizatin really is. Two games to go and you fire Cora by text? Im sure Cora is going to Florida with Guillen and doesnt really care but still what difference does to games make? Williams you just won the Jerk Executive of the Year award.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:48 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

Williams texted Cora???  Williams needs to get a spine and grow up!  Who the hell texts a person to tell them they are fired?  If the Sox had any spine at all they would fire Williams right away. 



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:46 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

What a classless move. Fire a guy by text message?

What a wuss the White Sox GM must be......Cora is what 5 foot nothing. Not like he would have whipped his arse.....or would he?



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:46 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

Why bother?  Because it is only 2 games and the next manager will be hired during the offseason.  The next two games aren't going to be managed by the next manager of the White Soxe regardless. It doesn't matter who manages the last two games.  Williams and the White Sox look silly and unprofessional right now over something that simply didn't matter.  What is gained by dismissing Cora with only 2 games left....nevermind the manner in which it was done?



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:35 pm
 

White Sox fire interim manager before first game

"Cora is expected to join Guillen in Florida, so it's possible Williams didn't want anyone managing his team for them to leave after the year and follow the just-fired manager. You can understand that rationale." 

Actually, I don't understand the rationale.  There were two meaningless games left.  It really couldn't matter less who manages them.  So what if Cora manages two games then signs on with Guillen in Florida?  What difference does it make?  Explain the rationale, in light of the fact that it is just two meaningless games to wrap up the season.


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