What creates a hall-of-fame baseball player? Seasons with huge stats are great but we have seen that they don’t guarantee a spot at the hall. Maybe that means that isn’t the best measuring stick for determining a great player from an average player. What then would be the determining factors that would tell us if a player was great or just okay? I believe the most important thing is consistency.
That word defines Paul Konerko. He is beginning yet another season with the Chicago White Sox and he shows no signs of having a downer season at any time in the near future. Each year he puts up consistently good numbers. Maybe, twenty years of good numbers make a player great. I think it does. That isn’t the only factor in consistency though.
One of the most rare and most important parts of being consistent is being consistent with your team. Loyalty is a rarity in the world period, not just in Major League Baseball. It is rare there too though. You can bet that a player that at least does everything he can to remain loyal to one organization has won points in the minds and hearts of baseball fans and baseball writers. Most importantly they will carry with them the loyalty of their fellow teammates for the rest of their lives. Paul Konerko is that guy for the White Sox. Expect yet another good year from him this season.