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Konerko has high hopes for Beckham

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Konerko has high hopes for Beckham

At this time two years ago, everyone around the White Sox expected Gordon Beckham to build off his fantastic rookie year and take another step toward stardom. But in 281 regular-season games since, Beckham has just a .306 OBP with nearly three times as many strikeouts as walks.

There have been plenty of explanations for Beckham's struggles, ranging from his dietary habits to thinking too much. But Paul Konerko's theory, courtesy of CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien, may be the best one yet:

"He didnt really get to learn a lot in the minor leagues," Konerko said from Camelback Ranch Tuesday. "It's been tough on him because hes had to learn things that most of us got to learn in Double-A on a bus, not under the brightest lights. That takes time to get that mapped out and kind of figured out, and he just unfortunately had to do it on the biggest stage the game has."

But Konerko does see a light at the end of the tunnel for Beckham, noting that the second baseman has figured a lot out about the game.

"I think of Gordon and I just know where hes at right now in his head and I think it's a good place," explained Konerko. "I think hes going to have a big year. He's just kind of ready to take that step."

It may be two years later than expected, but if Beckham does take that next step, it'll go a long way toward keeping the White Sox in playoff contention.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: When will Manny Mania end?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: When will Manny Mania end?

David Haugh, Leila Rahimi and Jay Cohen join Kap on the panel

0:00- Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy leave open the possibility of bringing in Kareem Hunt. Would this be a bad move by the Bears? Would next season be too early?

15:00- Matt Nagy was none too pleased with Cody Parkey's appearance on "Today". So, he's gone, right? And could this lead to a reunion with Robbie Gould?

22:00- All quiet on the Northside with Cubs Convention opening this weekend. Does Theo have a trick up his sleeve or do their key players just need to improve?

27:00- Still no news on Manny Machado. The panel discusses.... well, nothing.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast: Instant South Sider Daniel Palka

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Instant South Sider Daniel Palka

Daniel Palka spoke with Chuck Garfien about a whole bunch of topics.

Losing weight this offseason and how he's done it (3:15), the Chicago Bears losing in the playoffs (5:48), why he walks around with a baseball bat wherever he goes (11:05), his connection with White Sox fans and the South Side of Chicago (16:10), his humorous Twitter feed (20:25), his Uber driver asking if he can use his bathroom (28:00), going to his first SoxFest this year (33:12), his conversation this offseason with hitting coach Todd Steverson (40:18), why he loves Roberto Clemente (44:05) and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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