On Nov. 16, 1998, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune examined reports that Paul Konerko was traded from Cincinnati to Chicago as "damaged goods."
Specifically, there was a concern that the then-22-year-old Konerko's hips would force him into an early retirement. A lot of that concern stemmed from the position Konerko originally played -- catcher -- and when he moved to the outfield and eventually third base (he wasn't a first baseman yet with Cincinnati, as that position was filled by the up-and-coming Sean Casey) the problems went away.
At least, they went away for Konerko. The questions about his hips followed him to Chicago, and a note from Greenstein toward the end of the article is certainly interesting:
"Peter Gammons' weekly column in the Boston Globe stated that 'as (Dodgers Vice President) Tommy Lasorda knows, the slow-footed Konerko has a hip problem that may not be curable.'"
Thirteen seasons and 389 home runs later, I think Konerko's hips aren't a problem.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.
To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the podcast we opened the show up to our listeners to ask all the questions and choose all the topics in this All-Request White Sox Talk Podcast.
We hit a wide variety of topics ranging from possible White Sox trades, Tim Anderson's future, Rick Hahn's best and worst deals, making Carlos Rodon a reliever and many more. Every fan who had his/her question randomly selected wins a prize: everything from a Frank Thomas rookie baseball card to a Hawk Harrelson Alarm Clock.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: