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White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 1:08 pm
By Matt Snyder

Within the past few weeks, the White Sox let manager Ozzie Guillen go and then hired former third baseman Robin Ventura to be the new manager. We knew this. What we didn't know is who exactly general manager Kenny Williams considered for a manager before eventually deciding on Ventura. One name he considered is a shocker: First baseman Paul Konerko.

Yes, current first baseman Paul Konerko. Williams told reporters Tuesday he mulled it over and decided he'd rather Konerko just focus on playing -- also noting he never spoke to Konerko about the thought (Scott Merkin via Twitter).

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The Ventura hire was very unpopular in the Chicago media, so I can't imagine the uproar this would have caused. There hasn't been a player-manager since Pete Rose did so for the Reds back from 1984-86.

Konerko, 35, is a five-time All-Star and a great baseball man. He's played in the majors since 1997 and has been with the White Sox since 1999. There's no question he eventually be an asset in the dugout for someone as a coach or manager, if he wants to take that path with his post-playing career. But there's a reason there hasn't been a player-manager for 25 years. Being a player and being a manager are two entirely different full-time jobs and giving one man both of those is just too much.

In fairness to Williams, "considering" someone and thinking seriously about hiring him are not synonymous. It's just amusing Konerko was even a consideration -- and quite the compliment to the veteran as well.

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Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:10 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

I think it would be fun to see a player/manager in todays game although there probably shouldn't be one.  Who would you think would be a good player manager in today's game?  I'd have to say Yadier Molina would have to be the one i'd pick right off the top of my head.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:07 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

Maybe Konerko should be the first player-general manager.  He would have to be better than Kenny Williams. 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:07 pm
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