If you watched baseball from 1997-2014 you have heard of Paul Konerko. The Longtime Chicago White Sox First Baseman started out his career in Los Angeles (Dodgers) and Cincinatti but greatly struggled. He managed to only post a .219 batting average before the Reds didn’t want him and traded him to Chicago, this was a big mistake. In his first season with the White Sox he started to rake. His stat line was .294-24-81 in his age 23 season. Over the next few years he would continue to be a force in the American League with 18 HR in 2003 being his low but he did not play a full season. 2004 was the year he became elite he finished 8th in the MLB and 2nd in the American League in HR with 41 and also put up 117 RBI.
2005 though, was the year the Chicago White Sox with their star Konerko won the World Series over The Astros. He finished the season with another great line .283-40-100. In the postseason he did a lot of damage. In the ALCS he finished with 2 HR and 7 RBI and won himself MVP of the series.
In 2006 Paul was named the captain of The White Sox and would hold that roll until his retirement. Over the next 8 years Paul averaged 29 HR 90 RBI and made 4 all-star appearances (06,10,11,12). When Paul retired in 2014 he finished with career totals 2340 H (137th all time), 439 HR (42nd all time), 1412 RBI (75th all time), and a .279 BA. His numbers overall were much better than Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda and are very similar to those of the longtime Pirate outfielder, Willie Stargell. Paul Konerko should be in consideration for a Cooperstown in the next 10-15 years if the voters really appreciate how consistently great he was for years on end. To me, Paul Konerko is and should be a Hall of Famer.