CHICAGO -- A master at reviving his subjects, pitching coach Don Cooper will get another chance next week when Edwin Jackson and his 5.16 ERA makes his debut with the White Sox.
Cooper has a growing track record of getting pitchers who were down on their luck or had been struggling to find their way and then turning them around under his tutelage. There were also some he couldn’t resurrect no matter how hard he tried.
The list of those that improved under Cooper:
Jose Contreras went from no confidence to No. 1 starter on a World Series champ.
Esteban Loaiza went from erratic to the second leading vote getter for the 2003 Cy Young Award.
Gavin Floyd went from 6.96 ERA in NL to a 1.06 ERA over his last 10 starts.
Cliff Politte was a key member out of the bullpen for the 2005 champs.
Damaso Marte went from Pirates castoff to No. 1 lefty reliever in 2005.
John Danks struggled in 2007; looks brilliant in 2010.
Neal Cotts went from little regarded lefty to pitching in every game of 2005 Series.
Jon Garland won 18 in back-to-back years after putting it together under Coop.
The list of those Cooper just couldn’t get right:
Scott Schoeneweis never could develop that changeup no matter how hard Coop tried.
Mike MacDougal had the stuff, he just couldn’t regain his former closer form.
David Aardsma blew a save chance early in 2007 and was never the same again.