White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham knows Paul Konerko is unlikely to ask for a farewell tour in the final season of his career.

But Beckham, who was one of a few position players who arrived early to spring training Tuesday, said he hopes the Sox captain receives his due recognition as he wraps up his 18-year major league career.

“He would never say that, but I think he (deserves) a little bit of a victory lap,” Beckham said. “As good as he is, he is one of the most unsung guys in the big leagues. He doesn’t want to be recognized throughout the year, but as his friend and a guy who respects what he has done, he deserves that.”

Beckham is one of several Sox players who this week affirmed the benefits of having Konerko in the clubhouse for a season as a part-time mentor, part-time player. Konerko signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million in December to return.