The most-ballyhooed retirement once the 2014 season ends is Yankees captain Derek Jeter. We know that. His "retirement tour" has included gifts from every opposing team on road trips and several ceremonies. He's not, however, the only memorable player calling it quits after this season, because White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Paul Konerko is also in his final season.
The Yankees gave Konerko a parting gift Sunday:
Before today's game, Derek Jeter and the Yankees presented Paul Konerko with a base signed by the team. pic.twitter.com/iAnrf77FFN— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) August 24, 2014
Very solid move by the Yankees.
Konerko, 38, likely will end up as one of those guys who is a one-and-done type on the Hall of Fame ballot. Some people like to mockingly talk about something such as the "Hall of the Very Good," but Konerko is a great example of the type of player who would be in such a fictional place.
In 18 years, Konerko is has hit .280/.355/.488 (119 OPS+) with 2,337 hits, 410 doubles, 439 homers, 1,412 RBI and 1,162 runs. He's a six-time All-Star who has received MVP votes in five different seasons and has a World Series ring.