Paul Konerko has put up some impressive numbers since coming to the White Sox in 1999. But the Tribune's seven Hall of Fame voters agree the slugger is not worthy of Cooperstown —for now. In the post-steroid era, not many hitters have stood out as impressively as Paul Konerko. There is some hesitation to declare Konerko a definite Hall of Famer, only because he's under contract for 11/2 more seasons and his legacy could become even greater. The fact that he leads the American League in batting average this year despite only one infield hit is a testament to his prowess as an all-around hitter. Consistency has been a staple of Konerko's success. What has been just as impressive is Konerko's ability to carry the offensive freight in contract years, after which he remained loyal to the Sox in turning down more lucrative offers. During the second half of the Sox's 2005 World Series run, Konerko batted .323 with 20 homers to prevent a Sox collapse. In 2010, Konerko batted .312 with 39 home runs and 111 RBIs.
Konerko's numbers merit Hall of Fame scrutiny
Chicago Tribune | Jun 10