Tag:Paul Konerko
Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 3:37 pm
 

Youkilis takes lead in 'Final Vote'

Kevin Youkils Apparently we're getting official releases on the All-Star Game Final Vote daily now, and even though it's getting kind of boring, the results are there. And it appears the '75 Series team-up of the Red Sox and Reds is working, as Kevin Youkilis and Joey Votto are the leading vote-getters.

Monday, the teams announced a partnership, asking fans to vote for both players. Youkilis is a Cincinnati native and played at the University of Cincinnati, while Votto has been the cause celebre since Charlie Manuel announced the team.

Both are deserving of the nods, so it's nice to see the fans getting it right again -- although they could still screw it up in the next 48 hours.

Youkilis overtook the Yankees' Nick Swisher in the last 24 hours, while Michael Young, Paul Konerko and Delmon Young trailed. Youkilis is third in the American League in OPS (1.002) and tied for seventh in homers with 17. Konerko is seventh in OPS (.948) and tied for second in home runs with 20.

Votto overtook the National League lead in home runs with two Monday night against the Mets. He now has 21, tied with Toronto's Jose Bautista for the majors' lead. Votto also leads the NL in on-base percentage (.418), slugging (.599) and, naturally, OPS (1.017).

Although vote totals are not released, Votto leads Ryan Zimmerman, Billy Wagner, Carlos Gonzalez and Heath Bell.

At least one of those nominees isn't happy with the attention Votto's gotten for his snub.

"I won't win the final vote," Wagner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "I'm not a fan favorite. ESPN is running promos for Joey Votto, what's that tell you."

Yep, we all know, that great midwest bias -- every time you turn on the TV, it's Cincinnati, Kansas City and Cleveland (well, it is Cleveland, but it has nothing to do with Shin-Soo Choo).

Wagner has 17 saves and has a 1.35 ERA and a .165 opponents' batting average, as well as the sentimental card, as he's announced he's retiring at the end of this season.

As for the Reds-Red Sox partnership, the Reds will wear "Vote Red" and "Vote Votto-Youkilis" shirts for batting practice Wednesday at Citi Field, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon . The Reds equipment manager, Rick Stowe, has written "Vote Red" and "Vote Votto" on batting practice balls to remind fans to vote, as well. The Toronto Sun has also joined in the efforts, publishing a "Vote for Votto" campaign page for the Toronto native.

In addition to the Reds stumping for Youkilis, John Kerry is campaigning for the Red Sox first baseman, sending out an email asking his supporters to participate in the vote .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Votto, Swisher leading Final Vote

Joey Votto Perhaps the fans have a better handle on who should be on the National League All-Star roster than Charlie Manuel.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto is leading National League portion of the All-Star Final Vote after 24 hours, Major League Baseball announced in a release on Monday. The Yankees' Nick Swisher leads the American League voting.

More than 10 million votes came in the first 24 hours, with Swisher leading Boston's Kevin Youkilis slightly, followed by Michael Young, Paul Konerko and Delmon Young.

In the National League, it's Votto, followed by Ryan Zimmerman, Billy Wagner, Carlos Gonzalez and Heath Bell.

Votto was the most obvious All-Star snub, in part because Manuel took his own player, Ryan Howard, over the more deserving Votto. The fans selected Albert Pujols at first and Adrian Gonzalez was another deserving selection at first.

But Howard, who is having a great season, was picked by Manuel over Votto, who is having a great season.

Votto leads the league in OPS (.984), is third in on-base percentage (.412), fifth in batting average (.312), third in slugging (.572), fourth in runs (53), tied for second in home runs (19), fifth in RBI (57) and fifth in walks (46).

Howard's only in the top 10 in one of those categories, runs (53), and even that trails Votto. And it's not as if it's Howard's glove that got him to Anaheim.

In the American League, Youkilis is clearly more deserving than his Yankee brethren. Youkilis is fourth in OPS (1.000), third in OBP (.416), first in runs (65), seventh in home runs (17) and second in walks (50). Swisher is not in the top 10 in any important category other than pinstripes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:22 am
 

Could Paul Konerko be an Angel?

Paul Konerko The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim don't know how to quit.

The Angels lost Chone Figgins, Vladimir Guerrero and John Lackey to free agency. They watched their new third baseman, Brandon Wood, fizzle. They had to deal with a freak accident putting Kendry Morales on their shelf for what seems to be the remainder of the year.

And yet the Angels are 36-30, a half-game behind the Texas Rangers.

So far, the Angels have resisted the urge to panic after taking a look at the motley crew that comprises their lineup. They've stayed the course, hoping Mike Napoli can man first on a regular basis once Jeff Mathis returns from the disabled list to catch.

Is that the right course for the team, though?

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says that the Angels could have Paul Konerko "today," if they wanted to. Whether that means the Angels have a deal in place or can get Konerko as long as they give up enough, nobody knows.

This isn't the first time Konerko has been linked to the Angels. He seemed to be on the verge of signing with the Angels following Chicago's World Series victory in 2005, only to remain with the club.

Konerko is enjoying a career season at the age of 34. He currently has 17 home runs on the season and is hitting at a .291 clip. He would help near every team on the market, but the Angels aren't exactly hot to trot for his services.

That's because, for all the doom and gloom surrounding their offense, the Angels rank sixth in all of baseball with 313 runs scored. A lot of that has to do with manager Mike Scioscia's patented brand of aggressive offense, but also the efforts of players such as Torii Hunter and Napoli.

The Angels might be wise to see how the next month plays out before deciding whether or not to cash in on Konerko. The White Sox aren't going to yank Konerko from the market, and LA ranks 21st in the bigs in ERA with a 4.40 mark.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:53 pm
 

White Sox GM: 'changes need to be made'


The White Sox have started the season 24-33 and general manager Kenny Williams tells the Chicago Sun-Times , "Some changes need to take place."

Williams expanded, "I don't know what and I don't when but some changes need to take place. Things aren't happening the way that we envisioned and when they don't happen the way you envision you've got to make an adjustment."

Williams wouldn't say he's ready for a full-on fire sale, but did say, "I have to listen. It's not that I want to, but I'm not blind."

The White Sox have a $103 million payroll, and among those who could be shipped off are first baseman Paul Konerko (in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract), catcher A.J. Pierzynski (third year of a three-year, $18.35 million contract), reliever Bobby Jenks (on a one-year, $7.5 million contract) and reliever Scott Linebrink (third year of a four-year, $19 million contract).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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