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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Former MLB all-star Paul Konerko knocks out a home sale in Del Mar
LATimes - 6 months
Retired baseball slugger Paul Konerko has circled the bases on a home sale, parting with this Del Mar house of six years for $5.3 million. The custom-built home, set up from the street in Olde Del Mar, was designed to take advantage of the ocean views. Expansive decking is lined with transparent...
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White Sox draft Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger
Chicago Times - 8 months
Jake Burger grew up in Missouri, but he always preferred the White Sox over the Cardinals, trying to model his game after former Sox captain Paul Konerko. When the Sox called the name of the Missouri State third baseman as the No. 11 overall pick in Monday night's first-year player draft, he said...
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Spring Training in the desert
Chicago Times - almost 4 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.    ...
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Konerko relieved to know this is his final Sox season
Chicago Times - about 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    Paul Konerko retired on September 28, 2014 after spending 18 years in the majors, the last 16 of which were with the White Sox.
    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.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    On December 4, 2013, Konerko re-signed with the White Sox to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    In November 2011, Konerko was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame along with Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 33
    On December 8, 2010, Konerko re-signed with the Chicago White Sox for 3 years worth $37.5 million.
    Konerko finished the 2010 season with 39 home runs, his most since 2005 and the third-highest total of his career.
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    Near the end of the 2010 season, Konerko was hit in the face by Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano.
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    On July 10, 2010, Konerko was announced to replace Twins first baseman Justin Morneau at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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  • 2005
    Age 28
    Konerko was the last member of the 2005 Champion White Sox left on the team at the time of his retirement.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 27
    Paul married Jennifer Wells in 2004.
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  • 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).
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  • 1998
    Age 21
    On November 11, 1998, Konerko was traded by the Reds to the White Sox for Mike Cameron.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    He played parts of the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Dodgers.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 18
    On May 13, 1995, with the San Bernardino Spirit, he drove in the only run of a 21-inning game.
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  • 1994
    Age 17
    Konerko was drafted in the first round (13th overall) of the 1994 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on March 5, 1976.
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