Tag:Paul Konerko
Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:43 pm

It's lights out in Chicago -- literally

Hey White Sox, it's one thing to start cutting costs to sign free agents this offseason, but you do have to keep the electricity on until the actual end of the season.

With Red Sox reliever Robert Coello set to deliver a pitch to Ramon Castro in the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field, a power outage left most of the stadium in darkness. All the infield lights were affected, while the outfield lights stayed on. The teams left the field, and reporters on the scene are saying the lights are slowly coming back on. A team announcement said the power outage affected the entire South Chicago neighborhood.

Red Sox fans will no doubt find the episode a fitting metaphor in the team's final road game of the season. Jon Lester was going for his 20th win in his final start of the season and got shelled, lasting just four innings and giving up eight runs (including a grand slam by Paul Konerko, who is making himself more expensive by the day).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 8:11 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 8:12 pm

Konerko might hang 'em up

Paul Konerko
It's that time of year when players on going-nowhere teams start getting melancholy. The bones feel creakier, the plane rides seem longer, and home starts looking better and better.

So veteran White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko might have been talking out of frustration and fatigue Wednesday when he told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times he might just call it a career at age 34. Konerko is an impending free agent and wants to stay in Chicago, but if he can't get an attractive deal there or elsewhere, he says he could see himself heading home.
"I would like to think that I have it all in perspective, that I think you get to a point in your career where for the most part when you sign when you're 18 years old, the majority of the rest of your career is something you have to do. That's a way to make a living and that's something you have to do. You get to the point, and I think that's where I am now, where it's not something I have to do, it's something I get to do. It's a privilege to go out and play, and I get to do it.

"You start seeing it in a different way than you did most of your professional career. That's a good place to be. I think I'm still productive, I think I can still do the job out in the field. It's definitely a combination of saying, 'Well, I feel like I'm still doing the job, well you play,' that with, 'OK, I have a family, a couple of kids, what do I really want to do in the real world?' Those two things kind of collide when you get a little older."
The White Sox team captain is concluding one of the most productive seasons of his career. He has a slash line of .315/.397/.588 -- and all three of those numbers would be the highest of his 14 major-league seasons. With 37 homers and 105 RBI, a big finish could give him career numbers there as well. So Konerko looks a long way from washed up. He's wrapping up a contract that has paid him $12 million each of the past five years, and hasn't given any indication of what kind of money he's looking for.

Konerko has expressed his admiration for former teammate Jermaine Dye, who did walk away after last season when he found the market wasn't to his liking. Konerko would be leaving a lot of money on the table by walking away while he's still healthy and playing well, but with nearly $90 million in career earnings, he's right -- playing baseball isn't something he has to do anymore.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:49 pm

Konerko OK, says situation was handled correctly

Paul Konerko The odd codes of baseball were on display Thursday night in Chicago -- Carl Pavano accidentally hit Paul Konerko in the face with a pitch, setting off a chain reaction of baseball logic and justice.

Konerko, knowing it wasn't intentional and being pretty darn tough, got up and went to first -- only to retaliate by homering in his next at-bat.

Before Konerko had his chance to respond with the homer, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle decided he needed to intentionally hit the Twins' first batter, Michael Cuddyer, because the Twins accidentally hit his player. Cuddyer, apparently, understood and just took his base. Does all that seem right?

In baseball world, it was.

"I think everybody handled it right," Konerko told the Chicago Tribune . "Mike Cuddyer was perfect. He knows the game. Everybody involved in that little situation last night handled it perfectly. Unfortunately, you don't see that too much nowadays. The umpires handled it perfectly as well."

As if his homer wasn't proof enough that he was fine, Konerko said he was OK a day later, suffering from just a fat lip and a sore nose.

"Any time you get hit up in that area, your first thought is the eye," Konerko said. "You want to make sure both your eyes are OK, or at least your left one. After that, just checking my teeth and after that, everything is kinda replaceable."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:32 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 1:34 am

Konerko gets payback

Paul Konerko Unlike Derek Jeter, there was little little doubt Paul Konerko was hit on Thursday. In the first inning, Twins starter Carl Pavano hit Konerko in the face.

Konerko was examined and stayed int he game. In his next at-bat, he homered, cutting a Twins lead to 3-1.

The White Sox retaliated, as Mark Buehrle hit Michael Cuddyer in the back on the first pitch of the second inning, prompting home plate umpire Jerry Crawford to issue warnings to both teams. The Twins then made the Sox pay, as Cuddyer scored on back-to-back singles to start a three-run inning.

UPDATE: Following the Twins' 8-5 victory, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made the case for keeping the free-agent-to-be with Chicago.

"I hope my players, not just White Sox players -- look themselves in the mirror and see what this guy did," Guillen told the Chicago Tribune . "This guy has a chance to be the MVP. Great numbers, great career. Stepped it up like a man and played the game. That's something a lot of people got to look themselves in the mirror, and you're going to grow up with somebody, and you're going to grow up with a guy like that, you're going to come out as a good ballplayer."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:50 am

Power will be priority for A's

Coco Crisp
How many times have we heard that a team is "a bat or two away" from contending? The A's think they really are, and finding players with power will be their top priority this winter, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A's have by far the best ERA in the American League (3.55) and are a little below average in batting for average and getting on base (ninth in both). Where they fall clearly short is power. No team in baseball has hit fewer home runs, and they are second-worst in slugging percentage. Their top home run hitter, Kevin Kouzmanoff, has just 14. Their starters at first base, third base and designated hitter have combined for 32. No matter how well they pitch, that's not going to cut it.

"The game is changing. There aren't guys who can hit 50 homers, but you still have to have two guys in the lineup who are threats to hit the ball out of the ballpark," second baseman Mark Ellis said. "That would make everyone else better, too. But they're not easy to find."

General manager Billy Beane says he'll be looking, and Beane will have a little money to work with as $22 million comes off the books with Ben Sheets and Eric Chavez.

Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Carlos Pena, Jayson Werth and possibly David Ortiz (who has a club option) will be among the power hitters available this winter.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:38 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:11 pm

Beckham says hand is 'OK'

Gordon Beckham First an X-ray tech told Gordon Beckham that he had a broken hand, only to later admit he was "joking." Then Beckham returned, but was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, only to have it re-examined before Tuesday's game.

"It's OK," Beckham said on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago (via the Chicago Tribune ). "Obviously, I haven't taken any swings or anything yet, but it does feel a little better than it did yesterday. I guess it'll just have to be a game-time decision whether I can go or not, but it was pretty bad yesterday."

Apparently the sensation Beckham was feeling in the right hand was from a chain reaction of muscle pain in the hand. He said he'd know more when he got to the ballpark.

"It's funny because it didn't really hurt until I picked up a bat and just holding a bat bothered my hand," he said about Tuesday. "It's one of those things that's really restarting because I want to be in there but I cannot push it."

Beckham is not in Wednesday's lineup, although Paul Konerko did return after missing the last two games with back stiffness.

Beckham struggled for the first half of the season. But since entering June 25 under the Mendoza Line, he's hit .320/.376/.543 with eight home runs and 33 RBI, putting his season line at .255/.319/.386 with nine home runs and 49 RBI. He's shown why the White Sox were so reluctant to give up on him at the trade deadline.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:21 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 8:27 pm

Girardi has intriguing options to replace Morneau

Kevin Youkilis So now that Justin Morneau is officially out of the All-Star Game with concussion symptoms, it's up to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, skipper of the American League team, to replace him.

The starter almost certainly will be Miguel Cabrera, the only other first baseman on the AL roster and certainly a worthy replacement.

But Girardi will need to put another first baseman on the roster. After narrowly missing the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote election, Boston's Kevin Youkilis would seem to be a natural pick. His numbers -- .294/.408/.584 with 57 RBI and 18 homers -- certainly justify it.

Also worthy is Chicago's Paul Konerko (.299/.380/.559, 20 HR, 62 RBI), even though he didn't even finish in the top five in fan voting at first base. The White Sox only have one representative (pitcher Matt Thornton) at this point.

But here's a thought: Could Girardi throw everyone a curve, and add some fire to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, by picking New York's Mark Teixeira?

Teixeira's numbers (.243/.353/.453) aren't in the same league as Youkilis or Konerko. But he's on fire after a slow start, he has been more productive than his averages (17 HR, 59 RBIs) and he's Girardi's guy. And Girardi can fall back on the argument that Morneau was voted by the fans to start, and Teixeira finished second in the voting.

It wouldn't be the right call, but it sure would make some sparks fly.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that Konerko says he's going.

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:03 am

Final Vote coming down to final hours

Kevin Youkilis Oh, the suspense!

In another Yankee-Red Sox battle we're being hit over the head with, Nick Swisher holds "the slimmest of leads" over Kevin Youkilis in the American League Final Vote for the All-Star Game, despite nobody making a convincing case for Swisher other than his uniform, based on the latest results released by MLB.com.

In what can only be a desperate attempt by Major League Baseball's website to generate page views (since all voting takes place on the site), MLB.com has seen fit to release a breathless update to the (unlimited) voting that ends today at 4 p.m.

The winner of the final spots will be announced on MLB Network (yay synergy!) at 6 p.m.

Joey Votto still leads the National League voting (funny what leading the league in homers and OPS will do for you), but, the site warns -- without giving any numbers -- Carlos Gonzalez has passed Billy Wagner for third place in the voting. Ryan Zimmerman is still in second. Heath Bell was removed from the ballot when he was placed on the team as a replacement for Yovani Gallardo.

In the American League, it's all Yankees-Red Sox all the time. The release says it's a "virtual tie" between Youkilis (.292/.409/.574 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI) and Swisher (.298/.376/.518 14 HR, 48 RBI, one appearance on "How I Met Your Mother " --  CBS can play the synergy game too!), but not a real tie, because that would mean they're tied, as opposed to a "virtual tie" which goes back to the ol' tie goes to the Yankee rule.

Paul Konerko is in third place in the AL voting, followed by Michael Young and Delmon Young.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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