Guess here is Konerko calls it quits after season
There are still 45 games to play, but it looks like the Paul Konerko farewell is already heating up.
As we reported in today’s paper, Konerko’s contract expires at the end of the season, he’s 37 years old and he’s batting .242 with 9 home runs and 40 RBI during an injury-riddled season.
If I would have to guess, Konerko is not going to play again next season. If he does, it would likely be with another team.
Konerko has not offered any details about his future plans, most likely because he’s not sure himself.
But one thing sticks out in my mind – last season Konerko was talking about his future and he made it quite clear he’d never keep playing “just to chase some numbers.”
The first baseman/designated hitter has 431 career home runs, so he’s just 69 shy of the coveted 500 plateau.
But given the way he’s played this season, and given his recent lower back issues, he’d likely need two more full, healthy seasons to get to 500.
Knowing Konerko, I don’t see that happening.
My guess is Konerko decides to retire at some point in October or November, he takes a few years off for some family time and rejoins the White Sox much like Robin Ventura and Jim Thome did.
We shall see.