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Paul Konerko hitting .466 with 6 homers in his last 20 games

May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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Paul Konerko is on a ridiculous tear right now, hitting .466 with six homers and a 1.303 OPS in his last 20 games dating back to May 4.

Even more amazing is that sitting out three days in the middle of that stretch after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face didn’t slow him down, as Konerko returned to the lineup with a nice shiner on his eye and has gone 14-for-24 (.583) with three homers since.

Yes, seriously: .583.

Overall this season Konerko is hitting .399 with 11 homers and a 1.157 OPS in 45 games, leading the league in batting average and on-base percentage while ranking second to only Josh Hamilton in slugging percentage and OPS. And he’s doing it at age 36.

  1. nelsonsaint - May 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Via South Side Sox, the most impressive stat:

    “Konerko is now hitting .355/.429/.933 after falling behind 0-2, which includes six of his 11 homers on the season.”

  2. randygnyc - May 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    The most underrated player in ALL of baseball. Hitting nearly .400 won’t gain him national respect, either. Yes, baseball geeks and WS fans know who he is. Talk about an “under the radar” career.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      That explains why he’s been so hard to shoot down.

  3. jlovenotjlo - May 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I think Paulie likes being under the radar. That is just how he conducts his business. A true professional baseball player. The guy did hit a grand slam in the World Series, however, how under the radar can he be?

    Paul Konerko will make the Hall of Fame. I think that the White Sox will give him a nice extension, as Konerko just said how proud he is of playing so long for the same team. Playing out the rest of his career in the extremely favorable home run conditions at the Cell, Konerko will hit his 500th home run sometime during the 2014 season and essentially lock up his HoF induction after continuing to hit dingers as a DH player-manager into his lower 40’s. The crystal ball is working today.

  4. gmsingh - May 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Another Paulie tidbit of note: the last player, and one of only 18, to hit a grand slam in a World Series:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=3654103

    He’s been fun to watch. A nice alternative to the steroid monsters Uncle Bud has shoved down our throats.

  5. lenwhale - May 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    A Pro

  6. xsherr - May 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Class act.

  7. ponchorides - May 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    When Frank Thomas retired, the conversation was about who was the greatest White Sox player of all time. My thought was Frank was the greatest hitter, no doubt, but the greatest player was still on the active roster. I think Paul Konerko is creating a great debate here while quietly having a HOF career.

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