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waldo_the_wolf
05-22-2013, 12:29 AM
I don't know how many of you knew or were interested, but Neal Cotts made his Rangers debut tonight, pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. He was having an out of this world season at AAA so I was hoping he'd be called up to the majors. I'll always be a huge fan of Neal's.

MtGrnwdSoxFan
05-22-2013, 02:11 AM
Little known trivia outside of Soxdom:

Cotts was the only pitcher to come out of the pen for the Sox in the 2005 ALCS, in Game 1, and that was only for 2/3rds of an inning. The starters pitched 44.1 of the 45 innings in that series.

That's a hell of a stat.

RKMeibalane
05-22-2013, 09:21 PM
What I remember most about Neal Cotts' time with the Sox is the game that he shouldn't have been pitching in. I am, of course, referring to the infamous Thursday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium (August 28, 2003 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2003/B08280NYA2003.htm)) that should have been started by Mark Buehrle, but Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel elected to start Cotts because he thought that the game was "a bigger deal for Buehrle than it was for (the White Sox)."

Manuel was harshly criticized for his decision throughout baseball, leading his comment that anyone who disagreed with him didn't understand baseball. He was fired a month later (too late, in the opinion of most people).

Saracen
05-23-2013, 08:37 AM
Neal looked lights out again yesterday. I'm really rooting for him.

wilburaga
05-23-2013, 10:17 AM
Neal, along with BBBJ, pitched in all four 2005 World Series games.

beasly213
05-23-2013, 10:19 AM
Nice Write Up:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/pitcher-neal-cotts-texas-rangers-overcomes-surgeries-setbacks-052213

Milw
05-23-2013, 01:23 PM
The greatest fan sign I've ever seen at the Cell, from 2005 (and held by a pretty young lady, which is relevant here:

I'LL NEAL FOR COTTS
:cool:

socko82
05-23-2013, 04:09 PM
The Rangers now have more '05 White Sox than we do

ChiSoxFann
05-23-2013, 04:36 PM
What I remember most about Neal Cotts' time with the Sox is the game that he shouldn't have been pitching in. I am, of course, referring to the infamous Thursday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium (August 28, 2003 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2003/B08280NYA2003.htm)) that should have been started by Mark Buehrle, but Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel elected to start Cotts because he thought that the game was "a bigger deal for Buehrle than it was for (the White Sox)."

Manuel was harshly criticized for his decision throughout baseball, leading his comment that anyone who disagreed with him didn't understand baseball. He was fired a month later (too late, in the opinion of most people).


I seem to remember Buehrle wanting to pitch in Yankee Stadium since he'd never done it before and the Sox won the first two games so Manuel threw Cotts out there. Manuel had Buehrle pitch the next day at the Tigers, who would lose I think 114 games that season. Of course the Sox lost both of these games and lost the Sept. lead against the Twins. We have 2005, but 2003 is still one of the most disappointing Sox seasons of my lifetime.

Back to Cotts, I'm happy to see he's back in the big leagues and hope he sticks around a while. He always seemed like a good guy and I wish him the best.