If you’re a diehard White Sox fan, it has to be tough seeing one of the franchise’s all-time greats struggling so badly with the bat and with his back. For so long, Paul Konerko has been a rock in the middle of the White Sox lineup. A player that fans and the organization knew they could count on no matter how bad things got on the field or in the club house.
But right now, everyone has to be wondering if this is the beginning of the end for the 37-year-old veteran first baseman.
White Sox GM Rick Hahn certainly has to be asking that same question to himself whether he wants to admit it or not.
White Sox Manager Robin Ventura has to be worried about his former all -star first baseman. Ventura has been holding the company line about Konerko’s slump.
“There’s not an alarm that goes off from just watching him swing,” Ventura said. “Part of it comes from there is a certain, I don’t even know if it’s a standard, he knows what he should kind of be doing hitting-wise.”
Heading into Saturday, Konerko is hitting just .236 with just 5 home runs. Paltry numbers for a player that’s hit 95 home runs over the past three seasons.
What makes Konerko’s slump so more glaring is Adam Dunn’s struggles with the bat. If you want to win a division and have success in the post season, you have to have more offensive production from first base and DH.
White Sox fans will tell you that they have seen slumps like this from Konerko in the past. But now, he isn’t 28 or even 34 years old and to me, his swing looks long and his swing looks really slow.
But what makes this slump so alarming is that as the season goes along, the worse his hitting has gotten. In April, he hit .233 and even after last night’s 3 hit performance, he’s still just hitting just .212 for May.
If the White Sox want to compete with the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers, then they are going to have to make a tough decision on Paul Korerko sooner rather than later.