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Should the White Sox sign Paul Konerko for old time’s sake?

Nov 21, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Seems crazy. Seems like, based on his age and a batting line of .244/.313/.355 last season that Paul Konerko is kaput. But Rick Morrissey argues that, even if Konerko is finished, the Sox should sign him. For old time’s sake:

There is no measure from 2013 that would make you want Konerko on your roster, not at his age (he’ll turn 38 during spring training) and not with the nagging injuries that always seem to be tugging at him. He went .244/.313/.355 last season. The metrics crowd would suggest euthanasia is in order. But Konerko has meant so much to this franchise, and that’s why the Sox are leaving his return up to him …  What does Konerko bring to the table? Wrong question. What has he brought to the table? Better.

Morrissey adds that we should take into account the fact that Konerko is a good leader in that he talked to the media every day so his teammates didn’t have to. And that he’s well thought-of in the organization and among his teammates.

All of which is a great argument to make Konerko a coach. Nowhere, however, is there a half-decent argument in there to bring him back as a first baseman.

  1. sjs1959 - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Sign him to a one-day contract so he can retire as a White Sox and then sign him to a personal-services contract so he can stay with the organization. As a player? He’s done. Hall of Merit, yes. Hall of Fame, not quite, sadly. I do appreciate what he did for the Sox for so many years, maybe as important to the team as Frank Thomas in some aspects.

    • sportsfanjay - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Uhhh…No need to sign him to a one day contract. He played for the White Sox last year.
      Thus, he would retire as a White Sox.

    • sawxalicious - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:40 AM

      White Sox Hall of Famer
      MLB Hall of Very Good

      Pauly is a class act. I think the Sox are being a stand-up organization by letting Pauly choose his own fate rather than just dumping him to the curb after so many good years in Chicago…I think he understands he would be a role-player and would be able to have a positive impact on the morale of the team. Of course, that won’t get them close to sniffing contention…

  2. nelsonsaint - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I still wish the White Sox had made him player / manager. We need more of that.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM


  3. moogro - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t know why it always has to be player/manager. Why not player/bench or player/first base coach? Could allow platoon, depth, and substitution options. Might even be a motivator to want to play better to stay playing rather than coaching. Or to realize coaching is the thing.

    If Polly still wants player only, yes, sign him if he really wants to do it with incentive-laden contract and backup players.

  4. plmathfoto - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Admittedly I didn’t watch them that much this year, but is he done? He had one bad year, that doesn’t always mean you’re finished.

  5. blackandbluedivision - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    The team has always left the door open for him. The GM has come out and said that he’d welcome Konerko to the team.

    They’re just waiting on Konerko to make a decision on whether he wants to play or retire. Konerko is still deciding.

  6. steelers88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM


  7. straightouttavtown - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I’m not sure if Konerko is completely done. He was good in 2012 and completely atrocious this past season, but who hasn’t had a bad season? These guys are not machines. Anomalies happen. Even Cano had a .715 OPS in 2008. If Konerko is 25 years old, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. We would be banking on a bounceback campaign. I know Konerko is old but he had horrible seasons in the past as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he posts an .800 plus OPS if someone gives him a chance.

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