Paul Konerko’s future with White Sox still uncertain
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter September 27, 2013 4:00PM
Updated: September 27, 2013 4:46PM
Paul Konerko and the White Sox will meet after a few weeks to decide his future. White Sox GM Rick Hahn said on Friday.
Konerko met with reporters at U. S. Cellular Field before Friday’s game against Kansas City and said he’s not sure what the future will bring.
“I don’t know what my options will be,” said Konerko, who has been with the White Sox for 15 years and is the last remaining member of the 2005 World Series championship team.
The White Sox captain did admit that if he comes back next season, it’ll be his last.
He entered Friday’s game with 12 home runs this season, giving him 434 in his career, the most recent on Thursday tying him for 42nd place all time with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones.
He is 21 homers shy of tying Frank Thomas for the franchise all-time high in homers (448).
Konerko is hitting .248 with 12 homers and 54 RBI this season, one in which he has been bothered by back problems that have nagged him for several years.
He has started 73 games at first base and 50 as the designated hitter.
He is one of 36 players in baseball history and just five active players with 400 doubles and 400 homers in his career, the others including Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.
He ranks second in Sox history in homers (427), RBI (1,361) and games played (2,184).