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Old 02-20-2013, 12:11 PM
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I don't know if this has already been discussed, but for me, the highlight is Don Cooper wearing #99. Tyler Flowers is switching from #17 to Cooper's old #21, Jordan Danks is back to #20 with Youkilis gone, and Jeff Keppinger took the available #7.
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http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/mlb-c...XBhZ2U-;_ylv=3
I have no idea why this picture showed up on Yahoo! Sports, but it did.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:08 PM
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According to one of the Sox beat writer twitter feeds (I forget which one), Flowers had to give Cooper two television sets to pry loose #21 and Coop has donned the #99 to honor Kevin Hickey. I really wish Keppinger wouldn't have taken #7. It seems like that number has a long list of mediocre to below average Sox history behind it. Jerry Manuel, Jerry Owens, Josh Fields, Timo Perez, Steve Sax.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:30 PM
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According to one of the Sox beat writer twitter feeds (I forget which one), Flowers had to give Cooper two television sets to pry loose #21 and Coop has donned the #99 to honor Kevin Hickey. I really wish Keppinger wouldn't have taken #7. It seems like that number has a long list of mediocre to below average Sox history behind it. Jerry Manuel, Jerry Owens, Josh Fields, Timo Perez, Steve Sax.
Does Cooper's number ever even show? He usually is wearing a pullover. I can't remember the last time he made a trip to the mound with an actual jersey showing.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:54 PM
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Does Cooper's number ever even show? He usually is wearing a pullover. I can't remember the last time he made a trip to the mound with an actual jersey showing.
I can't either. I also can't remember the last time a player (i.e., someone other than Cooper) wore #21. He's been the pitching coach since 2002, so that kind of makes sense I suppose. Anybody know who it was? Too lazy to look it up.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:58 PM
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Tough luck for Coop having Yahoo post that picture.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:59 PM
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I can't either. I also can't remember the last time a player (i.e., someone other than Cooper) wore #21. He's been the pitching coach since 2002, so that kind of makes sense I suppose. Anybody know who it was? Too lazy to look it up.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/te...-numbers.shtml
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:10 PM
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Among the Sox who wore #21:

#21 George Bell - DH / OF
Joey Cora - IN
Todd Cruz - IN
Cal Eldred - P
Ray Herbert - P
Bart Johnson - P
Bob Lemon - MGN
Gary Redus - OF
Gerry Staley - P
Robin Ventura - IF

Among the Sox who wore #7:

#7 Don Buford - IN
Alan Bannister - IN
Bob Farley IN / OF
Scott Fletcher - IN
Marc Hill - C
Gene Lamont - MGN
Jerry Manuel - MGN
Noberto Martin - IN
Syd O’Brien - IN
Russ Snyder - OF
Chuck Tanner - MGN
"Jungle" Jim Rivera - OF
Steve Sax - IN
Ken Williams - OF

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:13 PM
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Tough luck for Coop having Yahoo post that picture.
Looks like Coop just swallowed Dylan Axelrod.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:31 PM
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I can't either. I also can't remember the last time a player (i.e., someone other than Cooper) wore #21. He's been the pitching coach since 2002, so that kind of makes sense I suppose. Anybody know who it was? Too lazy to look it up.
Coop was #34 originally, but he gave that up and took a different number when the Sox traded for Freddy Garcia. There was a month overlap when the Sox had both Garcia and Loaiza, so he couldn't have switched directly to 21. I'm guessing Cooper wore a different number for the rest of 2004 and switched to 21 in 2005.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:43 PM
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#6 isn't retired and yet hasn't been worn since 1980. Odd.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:50 PM
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#6 isn't retired and yet hasn't been worn since 1980. Odd.
That list doesn't include coaches. Walt Hriniak wore 6, but that was for Charley Lau, who died after the 1983 season.

It's unofficially retired. Beckham would have been 6 if not for this.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:03 PM
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That list doesn't include coaches. Walt Hriniak wore 6, but that was for Charley Lau, who died after the 1983 season.

It's unofficially retired. Beckham would have been 6 if not for this.
Didn't know that, thanks.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:16 PM
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Tyler Flower took 21 for a reason, backwards 12.
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I can guess why 69 has never been worn by a Sox player, but what about 64? Yes, it's a higher number, but 65 and 66 have both been worn by a half-dozen guys. Seems like a random number to skip.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:26 PM
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I can guess why 69 has never been worn by a Sox player, but what about 64? Yes, it's a higher number, but 65 and 66 have both been worn by a half-dozen guys. Seems like a random number to skip.
Random is probably exactly what it is...just so happens that no one who was assigned that number in camp ever made it to the big club and decided to keep that number. 56 was Mark Buehrle's team-assigned spring training number if I remember correctly--he just decided to keep it.
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