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Paul Konerko’s Down Spiral To Blame For Chicago White Sox Rough First Half

Paul Konerko stares at the umpire

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It hasn’t been a good year for anyone who had the Chicago White Sox competing for the American League Central crown in 2013.

As a matter of fact, the White Sox have been dreadful this season and it’s a total surprise considering how potent they were this time last season. Rewinding to 2012, the Sox were 49-40 and looked like a team ready to contend for a World Series title. A year later and the wheels have truly fallen off of the wagon in the Windy City. After spending 126 games in first place last year, Chicago is currently 14 game out of first place and hasn’t been atop the AL Cenral since April 8th, 2013.

So, the obituary for this team has already been printed, but who’s to blame for the awful showing this year?

Paul Konerko.

Sure — call him a scapegoat, but the White Sox legend has been anything but, and it started around this time last season. Konerko will likely go down as the best player to ever wear a White Sox uniform, yet he’s currently on the disabled list and only has seven home runs and a .249 batting average in the 69 MLB  games in which he did play. Chicago has a lot of fringe players on its roster that are naturally inconsistent, so taking away a top-notch bat like Konerko cripples a team’s offense.

Throughout his 15-year tenure in the Sweet Home Chicago Konerko has remained stable and without his presence in the lineup the offensive flow just isn’t prevalent. Therefore, when you look back on and wonder why this decent White Sox roster was so bad, you’ll think of what a poor year Konerko had.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.