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Willson Contreras' bat-flip game is already in midseason form


Willson Contreras' bat-flip game is already in midseason form

The MLB regular season is still 13 days away, but Willson Contreras is ready for the swings to count.

The Cubs catcher hit an absolute bomb of a homer Friday afternoon off White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, but it wasn't just a homer.

Contreras put an exclamation mark on the dinger (his third of the spring and the second this week) with an A+ bat flip:

I'm not sure what's more majestic: The 450-foot shot or the 45-foot bat-flip.

Either way, Contreras is ready for those 2018 NL MVP votes.

White Sox Talk Podcast: How Hector Santiago is helping the next wave of pitchers


White Sox Talk Podcast: How Hector Santiago is helping the next wave of pitchers

Signed right before spring training, Hector Santiago has made an immediate impact in his second stint with White Sox--and more than you might expect. 

Santiago came on the podcast and revealed that he's been helping out Carson Fulmer, who is competing for the same spot in the White Sox rotation. But that's the kind of guy Santiago is. He also talks about what it was like being a free agent during the worst off-season for MLB free agents ever, why he was able to have so much success against the White Sox in his career and why the White Sox will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

14 facts about former White Sox slugger Paul Konerko on his birthday


14 facts about former White Sox slugger Paul Konerko on his birthday

Paul Konerko was one of those players who united a fan base. Maybe he won’t ever have a plaque in Cooperstown, but when you walk through the gates at Guaranteed Rate Field, you see the retired No. 14 and you see the statue. And you don’t get those things unless you were a big deal.

Most White Sox fans know that Konerko is second on the Sox career home run list with 432. And they also may know his seven postseason home runs (five of them for the World Series champs in 2005) is a franchise record. 

Well, here are 14 nuggets about Paulie you may NOT know…

155 players in MLB history have at least 2,300 career hits. Only one had fewer than 10 triples: Paul Konerko (eight). 

Next fewest is 12 by Frank Thomas, but that’s not to say Konerko didn’t have a flash of speed at least once in his career.

His first home run in the 2000 season was an inside-the-park “blast” at Tropicana Field. Speedsters Ozzie Guillen, Lance Johnson, Tim Raines, Ray Durham and Juan Pierre combined for 4,800 games in a Sox uniform. They never hit an inside-the-park homer.

Career with White Sox                          Games           SB             IPHR

Paul Konerko                                         2,268             9                1

Ozzie Guillen, Lance Johnson, Tim Raines, Ray Durham & Juan Pierre      

                                                              4,800             846             0

Konerko also had a knack for not getting caught stealing. In fact, from June 22, 1998 to September 2, 2007, he went 1,350 straight games without getting caught stealing. Granted, he only had five attempts, but the fact remains (hat tip to Ryan Spaeder for sharing this fact).

Konerko only had nine career stolen bases. Even Greg Maddux (11) had more career steals than Paulie.

Konerko was known best, however, for hitting the ball out of the park. Did you know Konerko’s first Major League home run (with the Dodgers) as well as his first home run in a White Sox uniform were both hit at the same ballpark? It was Seattle’s Kingdome of all places.

Konerko hit the same number of home runs (259) at Guaranteed Rate Field as Babe Ruth hit at Yankee Stadium.

Konerko was born in Providence, R.I. He has the most career home runs of anyone born in the smallest US state. His 237th career home run (passing Gabby Hartnett for the record) came off Mariano Rivera.

Konerko’s 81 home runs from 2004-2005 is a White Sox record over a two-season span.

Konerko (60) is one of three players in MLB history with 60+ career interleague home runs (Albert Pujols, 60, Jim Thome, 64). 20 of those home runs were against the Cubs.

Konerko was the first White Sox player to hit a home run at four different ballparks:

Turner Field, Coors Field, Citizens Bank Park and Nationals Park

Konerko is the only White Sox player to hit three home runs in a game at Guaranteed Rate Field (June 7, 2009). Five opposing players have done it.

Konerko’s long career had moments where he was at the right place at the right time…

Konerko was teammates with: Yolmer Sánchez (born June 29, 1992) and Eddie Murray (born Feb. 24, 1956)

Adrián Beltré’s first career MLB plate appearance was a double which drove home Paul Konerko (June 24, 1998).

Konerko is the only player to drive in both Frank Thomas and José Abreu in a White Sox uniform.

Here’s to a happy birthday to PK as his age reaches three times his uniform number. #SoxMath