Nov. 1, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- After four years as a pitching coach and rehabilitation pitching coordinator in the Chicago White Sox minor league system, Chris Sinacori has rejoined the Arizona State Baseball coaching staff for the 2003 season. Sinacori, who was ASU's pitching coach during the 1998 College World Series runner-up season, will serve as the pitching coach in 2003 for the Sun Devils.
"Chris Sinacori will is a great addition to our coaching staff," said ninth-year ASU head baseball coach Pat Murphy. "He was great with our players in 1998 when we played in the College World Series and after four years with the White Sox he will have a lot to add to our pitching staff."
Under Sinacori's guidance, the '98 ASU pitching staff posted a 41-23 record and came within one game of recording ASU's sixth national championship. Future professional players from that pitching staff included Chuck Crumpton, Aaron Kramer, Chad Pennington, Ryan Mills, Robby Milner, Phill Lowery, Richy Leon, Drew Friedberg, Dan Meier and Jay Gehrke.
"I couldn't be happier to be back at ASU as I have always wanted to return to big-time college baseball," said Sinacori. "My time with the White Sox was irreplaceable with the things that I learned and the people that I met. I am thankful for every opportunity that the White Sox gave me. Coach Murphy and the staff have done an excellent job recruiting and it is my goal to make every pitcher be the best they can possibly be."
Sinacori has spent the past four years with the White Sox in their minor league system. He mentored five current big league pitchers (Danny Wright, Jon Rauch, Matt Ginter, Rocky Biddle, Lorenzo Barcleo) and six first-round draft picks (Jason Stumm, Ginter, Brian West, Rob Purvis, Kris Honel, Royce Ring) as a coach with the White Sox. His 2001 (3.35 ERA) and 2002 (3.62) pitching staffs both finished second in the Arizona League. Last year he coached two of the top 10 pitchers in the league, with Brandon McCarthy and Daniel Haigwood finishing one and two in strikeouts.
"Chris Sinacori was a big part of our minor league instruction and an instrumental part of helping our younger pitchers develop. He is one heck of a pitching coach," said Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. "He's got all the attributes of a real good coach. He has knowledge of the game and of pitching mechanics and he has the personality to make it all understandable. When my five-year old grows up I would want Chris Sinacori to be his coach because I know how much he cares about his players."
Prior to his coaching stint with the Sun Devils in 1998, Sinacori spent seven years as a professional player with Los Angeles (1991-95), Toronto (1995), Florida (1996) and Arizona (1997) minor league organizations. He was drafted in the 15th round of the 1991 free agent draft by the Dodgers. Sinacori played two years for the University of Tennessee and one year for Florida International. He was a two-time USA Today All-American at MacArthur High School in Levittown, N.Y., and earned the New York Diamond Award as the top prep player in the state of New York. He was also a member of the 1988 USA Baseball Junior Olympic team that won the gold medal in Australia. Sinacori graduated with a degree in liberal arts and sciences (psychology) from the University of Tennessee.
"I feel that with my experiences as a player and a coach and professional level and being a rehab coach in the minors, I have a lot to offer this program and can't wait to get started and help this program get back to Omaha," said Sinacori.