The Chicago White Sox have had some great players play for them over the years but not many were better than Paul Konerko.
The Chicago White Sox are in the midst of a very exciting offseason. 2020 is going to be a very fun year for them. With that said, a big part of the offseason this year is seeing Paul Konerko on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Konerko is one of the biggest fan-favorite players in the history of the franchise. He deserves lots of recognition from not only Chicago fans but baseball fans in general.
White Sox fans got to see first hand how good number 14 actually was but when you look at his numbers you can see it. He also put up these numbers during the steroid era and was never even in the conversation to be one of those users. His numbers might be a little bit short of some of those guys who did use PEDs but he chose to stay clean and got the job done for the White Sox.
He had 439 home runs and had 1412 RBIs on 2340 hits. He is second on the White Sox all-time home run list, only behind Frank Thomas. He won the World Series with the White Sox and was the ALCS MVP during that run. He hit a grand slam during the World Series that year and it is one of the most memorable moments in the history of the franchise. He also was an American League All-Star six times throughout his career.
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Konerko is on a Hall of Fame ballot that has some White Sox flavor on it but out of all of those former Sox players, he deserves it the most. He might not get in on his first ballot but he deserves to be in at some point. His number is retired and he has a statue at Guaranteed Rate Field which shows how important the organization believes he was. Paul Konerko had a great career and it is nice to see him be recognized to some degree by the baseball world.