Familiar faces Burns, Law join Minor League staff

Familiar faces Burns, Law join Minor League staff

CHICAGO -- Britt Burns and Vance Law stand as new additions to the White Sox player development staff for the 2013 season.

They certainly aren't new faces to the White Sox family as a whole.

Burns, 53, pitched for the White Sox from 1978-85 and made one of the more famous starts in the franchise's postseason history during a losing 9 1/3-inning effort in a deciding Game 4 of the 1983 American League Championship Series against the Orioles. Burns takes over as pitching coach for Double-A Birmingham, replacing Bobby Thigpen, who replaced Juan Nieves as the White Sox bullpen coach.

Law comes back to the White Sox as special assistant to player development, a newly created position working with assistant general manager Buddy Bell, director of player development Nick Capra and field coordinator Kirk Champion. Law suited up for the White Sox from 1982-84, while also playing for the Pirates (1980-81), Expos (1985-87), Cubs (1988-89) and A's (1991). He served as BYU's head baseball coach from 2000-12.

"He'll work in a lot of different areas for us," said Capra of Law's addition, which began in White Sox instructional league play. "He has a lot of baseball knowledge and learned form a lot of good people in the game."

Prior to rejoining the White Sox, Burns served as pitching coach for Sugarland of the independent Atlantic League in 2012. He also held the position of Minor League pitching coordinator for Houston from 2008-10 and was a pitching coach within the organization for Miami (1993-2001) and Detroit (2002-07).

"I've heard a lot of good things about him getting guys ready to pitch," said Capra of Burns, who finished 70-60 with a 3.66 ERA over 193 games and 161 starts for the White Sox, including 39 complete games and a 1981 All-Star appearance.

Doug Sisson replaces Daryl Boston as the outfield/baserunning instructor, with Boston moving up to the big leagues as the White Sox first-base coach. Sisson served as the first-base coach for Kansas City from 2011-12 and was the Minor League field coordinator for the Royals from 2008-10.

A handful of managerial switches finish off the player development staff. Julio Vinas moves from Class A Kannapolis to Birmingham, with Tommy Thompson moving from a successful run at Class A Winston-Salem to Kannapolis. A number of the White Sox top young catchers figure to be with the Intimidators, which fits Thompson's area of expertise.

Ryan Newman takes over at Winston-Salem, after managing Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2012. Bobby Magallanes goes from Birmingham to Advanced Rookie Bristol, while Pete Rose Jr. moves from Bristol to Great Falls. Rose begins his third season as a manager in the White Sox system.

"He's very positive, very upbeat," said Capra of Rose. "That's very important to have for the kids at that entry level."

Curt Hasler (pitching coordinator), Tim Laker (hitting coordinator), Ever Magallanes (infield instructor), John Orton (catching instructor), Dale Torborg (conditioning coordinator) and Scott Takao (Minor League Medical/Rehab. Coordinator) return at their respective positions. Burns and Law bring the experience and knowledge needed to fit in to the organization where they once performed.

"You talk about being a White Sox family member, but it's a family member that can adjust to the way we do things here," Capra said. "They are open to suggestions and are able to do what we want and need them to do."

The White Sox requested waivers on right-handed pitcher Charlie Shirek so he can pursue opportunities in Asia. Shirek, who was added to the 40-man roster this past offseason, will pitch in Korea. The move reduces the White Sox 40-man to 38.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.