Derek Jeter farewell tour, another class act is saying goodbye to baseball and deserves recognition. After 17 years in the Bigs, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is retiring.
Konerko was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994 and made his
Major League debut in 1997. But as the Dodgers tend to do with young and
promising talent, they traded the slugger away to the Cincinnati Reds
for closer Jeff Shaw. Konerko only played 26 games with the Reds before
he found a home on the roster of the Chicago White Sox in 1999.
The 6’2” right-hander quickly became a fixture in Chicago’s South
Side and racked up team highs for total bases and his 432 home runs as a
Sox player puts him second only to Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (448) for
the team record.
Aside from being one of the top first baseman in the league,
Konerko—called “Pau-lie” by fans—is beloved by Chicago natives for his
humility and loyalty to the community. He took a reported $11 million pay cut to come back and play for the White Sox in his final year.
the White Sox will hold Paul Konerko Day in honor of their first
baseman. It’s a fitting tribute to a solid and humble ball player who
dedicated his time and resources to the community he loved.
I just wish
he would have been a Dodger.
--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
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