New Chicago White Sox bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen certainly doesn't lack confidence ... or a positive outlook.
Asked about the 2013 bullpen, he didn't mince words.
"How good can the group be?" Thigpen said. "The best in baseball."
At least the White Sox relievers know they have a coach who believes in them.
Of course Thigpen is going to heap praise to the group, especially after taking over as bullpen coach from Juan Nieves, who moved on to become the Boston Red Sox's pitching coach.
But he could have just as easily reduced expectations by saying the group can rank among the best, or they have the potential to do some serious damage. Instead, Thigpen went all the way and the former single-season record holder in saves with 57 in 1990, left no need for interpretation.
"We got some young guys and we've got a couple older guys that I think helped them a lot last year, having Matt (Thornton) and Jesse (Crain) there," Thigpen said. "Hopefully I can do my part and help the young guys come along like they should."
One of those youngsters is closer Addison Reed, who will benefit from his first full season under his belt. Reed said he is using the same winter preparation this offseason, starting his throwing program on Jan. 2, but is adding additional cardiovascular training this time to help with stamina over 162 games.
Thigpen: White Sox bullpen is best
ESPN.com | Jan 24