Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko’s greatest moments on the field

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If you ask any Dodgers fan, they’ll tell you that the worst trade their beloved team ever made was literally giving Paul Konerko away to Cincinatti. Sure, Jeff Shaw was an all-star pitcher but given the choice between him and Konerko, well….

Konerko was drafted in the first round (13th overall) of the 1994 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pauly played parts of the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Dodgers. 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.

The Red, made what could be considered an even worse trade. On November 11, 1998, Konerko was traded by the Reds to the White Sox for Mike Cameron. Pauly then began to ‘light it up’, hitting .294 with 24 home runs and 81 RBIs in his first season with the White Sox for the ’99 season.

In 2005, the White Sox would go on to win the World Series against the Houston Astros who were still in the National League at that time.

Pauly would be as loved as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Dennis Savard, Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and others here.

In 2014, Konerko retired after 18 years in the majors, the last 16 of which were with the White Sox.

The White Sox celebrated and the fans came out to see their hero on Paul Konerko Day, the day the White Sox also announced they’d be retiring his number and, even better, they honored him with a statue in the left field concourse, becoming the 9th player so honored by the White Sox.

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.

Pauly was eligible this year (2020) for the Hall of Fame but obviously those who vote aren’t knowledgeable enough to have voted him into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

In 2,349 games, Konerko had a .283 batting average (2,340-for-8,393), crossed the plate for 1,162 runs, had 410 doubles, hit 439 home runs, drove in 1,412 runs, had 921 walks, a .354 on-base percentage and .486 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .995 fielding percentage as a first baseman.

Let’s close this edition of #sprotsbreak out with Jennifer Konerko and Paul’s personal story of Sensory Processing Disorder and why they support Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder and what it’s all about.

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