Chicago White Sox: Paul Konerko’s 21st Century home run totals
The Chicago White Sox have had some brilliant players play for them and not many were better than Paul Konerko, especially in the 21st century.
The Chicago White Sox could probably say that Frank Thomas is the best hitter that this team has had in the modern era. Well, he did a lot of his damage in the 1990s for the White Sox so you can absolutely claim that Paul Konerko was the best White Sox hitter in the 21st century so far. He was a dominant player for a very long time and all of the dominance came on the south side.
A live chart was put out by the MLB Stats Twitter page that showed the home run leaders across Major League Baseball since 2000. A lot has happened in baseball since then but Paul Konerko was one of the very best home run hitters during his time there. Not many players in the league hit more than him during his 2000s career.
This chart is really cool because it takes you through time to see who was good at what point in time and who led the two decades of the 21st century so far in home runs. Albert Pujols is the century leader with 656. He is followed by Alex Rodriguez (548) and David Ortiz (531). Alfonso Soriano rounds out the top ten with his 411 but Konerko isn’t far behind with his 408. Konerko hasn’t played since 2014 but he remains one of the centuries home run leaders.
To be mentioned with some of these players is a tribute to how good Konerko was. He is a legend in Chicago for a lot of reasons but he is largely underrated across Major League Baseball. In those games, he had a .280 batting average and 1302 RBIs to go with those 408 home runs. All of that came in 2126 games from 2000 on. He played in the 90s for a few years but they aren’t calculated into any of these totals. Konerko is one of the best players the White Sox have ever had and this chart proves it.