November 15, 2002 |
All-Star first baseman Paul Konerko, who hit a career-high .304 with 27 home runs and 104 runs batted in, agreed to a $23-million, three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday . * Greg Maddux won his 13th consecutive Gold Glove to highlight those National League awards. The St. Louis Cardinals had four winners: second baseman Fernando Vina, shortstop Edgar Renteria, third baseman Scott Rolen and outfielder Jim Edmonds.
May 13, 1998 |
Paul Konerko, trying to demonstrate to the Dodgers that he deserves to be recalled from triple-A Albuquerque, pleaded his case with his bat Tuesday. Playing at Vancouver against the Canadians in a Pacific Coast League game, Konerko went four for four with three home runs and five RBIs, scoring four runs in an 11-2 Albuquerque victory. Since being sent down by the Dodgers on April 24, Konerko, the PCL's most valuable player last season, has played in 16 games, hitting .
July 30, 1998 |
Paul Konerko, billed as Cincinnati's cleanup hitter of the future, was stunned Wednesday when the last-place Reds sent him to triple-A Indianapolis to work on his batting. Konerko, 22, who came from the Dodgers in the trade for closer Jeff Shaw before the All-Star break, was batting .182 with three homers for the Reds when he was optioned. Reliever Todd Williams was called up from Indianapolis to take his place.
August 9, 2006 |
Paul Konerko knew that if Mariano Rivera threw his cutter on the inside of the plate, his at-bat probably would be over. That's why he decided to concentrate on the outer half of the plate. Konerko tied the score with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning, and Jermaine Dye singled home the winning run against Scott Proctor in the 11th to lead the Chicago White Sox over the New York Yankees, 6-5, Tuesday night.
September 10, 1997 |
Manager Bill Russell waited about a week to find a spot to give Paul Konerko, the most valuable player in the Pacific Coast League, his first major league at-bat. But that's nothing compared to Konerko himself, who had been waiting for that at-bat almost all his life. When it finally came Monday night, in the bottom of the eighth inning of an 8-4 loss to the Florida Marlins, Konerko wasn't disappointed. Nor were the Dodgers. He responded with a solid single to right. "It was weird," he said.
March 31, 1998 |
Although the Paul Konerko bandwagon is quickly gaining momentum, at least one Dodger is urging caution about the touted rookie. His name is Paul Konerko. "Everything has been a little bit crazy, especially in the last few days," he said. "I appreciate all the things that people are saying about me, and all the stuff in the newspapers, but I haven't even played in a game that counts. It's not like I've done anything yet." That has seldom slowed hype machines.