Paul Konerko
American professional baseball player, first baseman
Paul Konerko
Paul Henry Konerko is an American professional baseball first baseman who has played for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball since 1999. He previously played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds (1998). Konerko helped the Chicago White Sox win the 2005 World Series, the franchise's first since 1917. He is currently the captain of the White Sox since 2006.
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Spring Training in the desert
Chicago Times - almost 3 years
    I've never been much of a sports shooter, so the Tribune was thinking outside the batter's box when they assigned me to cover spring training baseball in Arizona.    Mixing it up with the minor leaguers for two weeks in small ballparks is a great way to work back into it. There's a little more access than in the summer, and players and coaches seem more relaxed around the media. One player even asked me to email a photo to his mom. Still, shooting stretching exercises, drills and batting practices gets old fast. I was grateful when actual games started.    Aside from opening day, the games remain uncrowded, and the photographers are in a dugout right next to the players. Sometimes, I was the only shooter there. It gives you a nice angle for features inside the dugout. And with our new 200-400 mm zoom and teleconverter, you can cover any field action. The players and coaches are amazingly patient with the fans seeking a tossed ball, and with me pointing cameras in their faces.    B ...
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Konerko relieved to know this is his final Sox season
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Retirement question no longer lingering over team captain Paul Konerko feels some relief in the finality of this year's SoxFest.     
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Konerko — right decision for right reasons
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Sox icon wants to bow out in one year after mentoring younger players and contributing to correcting club's course Unwinding in Arizona after a 99-loss season hardly provided White Sox slugger Paul Konerko the tranquil southwest setting many imagined as the backdrop for deciding whether to return to the South Side.     
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How does Konerko's return help Sox win another title?
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox. I can't believe all the muckamucks in Sox offices were happy with that decision.    
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Waiting for Konerko hasn't hurt Sox's offseason plans, Hahn says
Chicago Times - over 3 years
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn could not provide an answer Tuesday about whether veteran Paul Konerko will return for his 16 th season with the Sox.     
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No qualifying offers for Sox free agents Konerko, Floyd
Chicago Times - over 3 years
The White Sox did not extend qualifying offers to first baseman Paul Konerko and pitcher Gavin Floyd on Monday, an expected development as only the top tier of baseball free agents received the one-year, $14.1 million offers.     
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Sox not expected to make qualifying offers to Konerko, Floyd
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Both can negotiate and sign with any team as of 11 p.m. Monday White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and pitcher Gavin Floyd are the club's only free agents this offseason, and their options for 2014 potentially will expand Monday.     
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Konerko in limbo as White Sox sign Abreu
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Captain says he doesn't know what addition of Cuban first baseman means for his future White Sox veteran Paul Konerko said he doesn't know much about new Sox slugger Jose Abreu, other than "he's done well" during his time playing in Cuba.     
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White Sox-Royals: Chicago Lose 4-1 To Kansas City In Season Finale
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko heard the cheers when he was introduced with the starting lineup for the Chicago White Sox. He was greeted with a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first inning. There was even applause when he fouled out in his only plate appearance. The response meant a lot to the aging slugger. He just needs some time to decide if he wants to come back. "We'll see how I feel in a month or a month and a half from now," Konerko said after Chicago's 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, "and try to come to grips with what's what." Konerko's future is uncertain after he hit .244 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs in one of the worst seasons of his sparkling 17-year career. The 37-year-old first baseman is eligible for free agency and isn't sure if he wants to play next year at all. If this was it, he was treated well by the crowd of 22,633 for the final game of a dismal season for the White Sox. The team captain was replaced by Conor Gillaspie with one out in the top o ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Konerko
  • 2015
    Age 38
    On May 23, 2015 prior to a game against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field, Konerko became the 10th White Sox player to have his number retired.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2016, the White Sox celebrated U.S. Cellular Field's 25th anniversary by introducing the 25 most memorable moments in the park's history. In a bracket style competition, Konerko's grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series was voted the best moment in the park's 25-year history, as it was deemed as an iconic moment in the breaking of the franchise's 88 year championship drought.
  • 2014
    Age 37
    On October 24, 2014, Konerko was named Co-Winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, sharing the honor with Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details By winning the award, Konerko became the first member of the White Sox to do so.
    Paul Konerko retired on September 28, 2014 after spending 18 years in the majors, the last 16 of which were with the White Sox.
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    On April 23, 2014, Konerko doubled off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Miller to break Frank Thomas' franchise total bases record with his 3,950th total base.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    On December 4, 2013, Konerko re-signed with the White Sox to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
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    Konerko's production declined in 2013, hitting .244 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI, his lowest number of both home runs and RBI since joining the White Sox.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    On July 1, 2012, Konerko was elected by his peers, along with teammates Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy and Chris Sale to the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City.
    More Details Hide Details It was his sixth All-star appearance and his third in three years.
    On April 25, 2012, Konerko hit his 400th career home run, passing Al Kaline and Andrés Galarraga and becoming the 48th player in Major League history to hit 400 home runs.
    More Details Hide Details Konerko was named the American League Player of the Week for the week of April 23–29. He hit .435 with 3 HR and 4 RBI. He led the AL in slugging and total bases that week. Konerko continued his hot hitting into the month of May as he racked up his second American League Player of the Week award of the season for the week of May 23–29. He hit .583 with 3 HR, 10 RBI, and a 14-game hitting streak, including his 400th career home run as a member of the White Sox, becoming only the second player in franchise history to hit 400 home runs, Frank Thomas being the first.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    In November 2011, Konerko was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame along with Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.
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    In October 2011, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams admitted that he briefly considered naming Konerko player-manager for Chicago after the departure of manager Ozzie Guillén.
    More Details Hide Details However, Williams never discussed the possibility with Konerko. Former White Sox player Robin Ventura was named manager for the upcoming 2012 season. There has not been a player-manager in Major League Baseball since Pete Rose served in the capacity for the Cincinnati Reds in 1986.
    On August 23, 2011, Konerko recorded his 2,000th hit in the top of the 8th inning to tie the game at 4 to 4 against the Angels.
    More Details Hide Details Konerko finished the season with 30 home runs, 105 RBIs, and a .300 batting average, the 5th time in his career that he finished with 30 home runs and 100+ RBIs.
    On June 21, 2011, Konerko continued his hot June when he homered in a game against the Chicago Cubs and his 5th straight game, becoming the 5th player in White Sox history to hit a home run in 5 consecutive games.
    More Details Hide Details The other 5 are Greg Luzinski, Ron Kittle, Frank Thomas (twice), Carlos Lee, and most recently A. J. Pierzynski in 2012. Konerko made it onto his fifth All-Star team after winning the Final Vote contest for the American League.
    On June 20, 2011, Konerko hit his 385th career home run in a game against the Chicago Cubs, passing former White Sox player Harold Baines on the all-time home run list.
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    On June 10, 2011, Konerko hit a home run in a game against the Oakland Athletics, setting the franchise record for consecutive games with an extra base hit at 9 games.
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    On June 1, 2011, Konerko hit his 377th career home run in a game against the Boston Red Sox, passing former White Sox player Carlton Fisk on the White Sox all-time home run list.
    More Details Hide Details Konerko is now second on the club's home run list currently with 400 as a member of the White Sox, trailing only Frank Thomas' 448.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    On December 8, 2010, Konerko re-signed with the Chicago White Sox for 3 years worth $37.5 million.
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    Konerko finished the 2010 season with 39 home runs, his most since 2005 and the third-highest total of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, he was in fifth place in the year's MVP voting, the highest finish of his career to date.
    Near the end of the 2010 season, Konerko was hit in the face by Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano.
    More Details Hide Details This resulted in major controversy. White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle returned the favor in the next inning hitting Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer. Both teams then received a warning from the head umpire and no further incidents occurred. Refusing to leave the game, Konerko hit a solo home run on the first pitch he saw in his next at bat against Pavano.
    On July 10, 2010, Konerko was announced to replace Twins first baseman Justin Morneau at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details This was the fourth All-Star selection of his career.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    On July 7, 2009, Konerko was 3 for 4 with three home runs including seven RBIs in a 10–6 win against the Cleveland Indians.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time in his big league career that he hit three home runs in a game. He is also the only White Sox player to accomplish that at U.S. Cellular Field.
    On Monday, April 13, 2009, Konerko connected back to back with Jermaine Dye for the 300th home run of both players' respective careers off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Zach Miner.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time that this had ever happened in Major League history; where two players had hit a century milestone home run in one game, let alone back to back.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    On September 18, 2008, Konerko became the last opposing player to hit a home run at Yankee Stadium in the 9th inning of a 9–2 White Sox loss.
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  • 2006
    Age 29
    Konerko concluded the 2006 season with 35 home runs, helping him rank in the top 10 for total home runs over the past three seasons, after hitting over 40 home runs in 2004 and 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, he was second in the American League for home runs with 39.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    Konerko was the last member of the 2005 Champion White Sox left on the team at the time of his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details It was announced on Paul Konerko Day that his number (#14) will be retired and a statue of Konerko was revealed by the statue of fellow 2005 teammate Frank Thomas.
    Following the 2005 World Series victory, Konerko signed a five-year $60 million deal with the White Sox on November 30, 2005 after reportedly turning down more lucrative offers from the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles.
    More Details Hide Details Konerko became the face of the White Sox franchise after the departure of Frank Thomas who was the face of the franchise during the 1990s.
    In Game 2 of the 2005 World Series, Konerko hit the first grand slam in White Sox World Series history to put the White Sox ahead 6–4.
    More Details Hide Details It was also the first grand slam in postseason history to give a team the lead when trailing in the seventh inning or later. Those were Konerko's only RBI's of the World Series, but they were critical in giving the White Sox the momentum to complete a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros and they were the most for a White Sox hitter in the series. Konerko caught the final out for every one of the series-clinching games throughout the playoffs.
  • 2004
    Age 27
    Paul married Jennifer Wells in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons and a daughter: Nicholas, Owen and Amelia.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    Konerko made his first postseason appearance that year, when the White Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners in the 2000 American League Division Series (ALDS). The Mariners swept the series in 3 games, and in 9 at-bats, Konerko had no hits. He got on base once on a walk. In 2005, the White Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
    More Details Hide Details After going for 4 in the first game and 1 for 4 in the second game, Konerko hit 3 for 4 with three RBI's in the third game of the ALCS against the Angels. Two of the RBI's came from a home run in the first inning. In Game 4, Konerko was 1 for 4 with three RBI's on another first inning home run, the second in as many nights. In Game 5, Konerko went 1 for 5 with another RBI He was named the ALCS MVP on the strength of a .268 batting average, two home runs and seven RBI's He said, "I think you could split this four ways", referring to his feeling that the MVP should be awarded to the White Sox starting pitchers who pitched four consecutive complete games in the ALCS.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    On November 11, 1998, Konerko was traded by the Reds to the White Sox for Mike Cameron.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, with a 95–67 record, the White Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
  • 1997
    Age 20
    He played parts of the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details In a little more than 150 at bats, he hit just 4 home runs. Konerko was traded, along with lefty pitcher Dennys Reyes, by the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds for All Star closer Jeff Shaw. Konerko played 26 games with the Reds.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    On May 13, 1995, with the San Bernardino Spirit, he drove in the only run of a 21-inning game.
    More Details Hide Details It was the longest shutout in California League history. Konerko played for the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes. He is one of three Dodgers position players to have been twice selected for the Dodgers organization's "Minor League Player of the Year" award, along with Billy Ashley and Joc Pederson.
  • 1994
    Age 17
    Konerko was drafted in the first round (13th overall) of the 1994 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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    Konerko hit .558 in 1994, the school season record until Ike Davis, who later became the first baseman for the New York Mets, hit .559 in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Konerko also held the school season record in doubles, with 18, until Davis hit 23 doubles in 2003. He also held the school career record in doubles (44), until Davis passed him with 48 doubles. Konerko was ranked the #1 catcher in the nation during his senior year in high school.
  • 1976
    Born on March 5, 1976.
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