COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 14 DAYS

14 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Here are 14 random facts on the White Sox most famous No. 14, PAUL KONERKO!

1. PK’s acquisition from Cincinnati prior to the 1999 season was the first trade between the teams since 1993 when the Sox acquired Tim Belcher for the stretch run

2. PK’s first Sox homer was his first hit with the club and the final Opening Day homer at the Kingdome (1999)

3. Paulie recorded the Sox final hit and was the franchise’s final batter of the 20th Century in the 1999 season-finale

4. PK was the starting third baseman in the Sox 2000 home opener

5. PK gloved the final out in the 2005 Division, ALDS, ALCS and World Series clinchers

6. PK hit his most homers (6) off Cliff Lee and Brad Radke

7. Other 14s retired in MLB Ernie Banks (Cubs), Larry Doby (Indians), Kent Hrbek (Twins), Gil Hodges (Mets), Ken Boyer (Cardinals), Jim Rice (Red Sox) and Pete Rose (Reds)

8. PK was 4-for-8 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a .600 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage in his six All-Star Games

9. Paulie played 18 games in left field prior to joining the Sox (11 for the Dodgers in 1997 and 7 for the Reds in 1998)

10. Dave Martinez was the last Sox player to wear No. 14 before Konerko

11. PK hit .311 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 35 games at Wrigley Field and .300 with 20 homers and 59 RBI in 75 games vs. the Cubs overall

12. His best inning for homers was the sixth (62). … His best inning for average was the third (.302)

13. PK was 2-for-8 with an RBI and three strikeouts vs. Mark Buehrle

14. There isn’t a more universally respected figure among Sox fans than Paul Konerko

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2019 WHITE SOX NUGGET A DAY: JOSE ABREU

NOTE: Here’s the latest in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster, which began 40 days out from Opening Day

Jose Abreu has a shot at cracking the top five of the White Sox career home run list this season.

If Abreu bests his career-high by six homers, he will move past Magglio Ordonez into fifth place in club history with 188 home runs.

Should Abreu do that, he will also become the Sox all-time home run leader among players of Latin descent.

2019 WHITE SOX NUGGET A DAY*: SEBY ZAVALA

NOTE: Here’s the latest in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster, which began 40 days out from Opening Day … *2 nuggets today because of a recent roster addition (Josh Osich) and subtraction (Michael Kopech)

Should Seby Zavala ever catch for the White Sox, he will become the first player with a last name that starts with Z to man the position for the club.

The Sox have had seven Zs play for them and catcher is the only position where a Z has not played.

2019 WHIITE SOX NUGGET A DAY*: JOSH OSICH

NOTE: Here’s the latest in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster, which began 40 days out from Opening Day … *2 nuggets today because of a recent roster addition (Josh Osich) and subtraction (Michael Kopech)

First off … Josh Osich, claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Monday, ain’t wearin’ the 35 he wore with the Giants, that’s for sure!

If Josh Osich should pitch for the White Sox, he will become just the xth native of Idaho to play for the club and the first since Rexburg’s Matt Lindstrom in 2014.

In addition to Boise’s Osich and Lindstrom, other natives of the Gem State to play for the Sox were Vance Law and Bill Salkeld.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 16 DAYS

16 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The White Sox used their 16th round pick in the June 1993 draft on outfielder Billy Joe Hobert, a future NFL quarterback.

The Sox picked Hobert out of the University of Washington even though he never played college baseball.

The left-handed hitter batted .256 with four RBIs in 15 games at the Sox Rookie League affiliate at Sarasota in 1993.

That, however, was the extent of his professional baseball career.

Hobert went on to quarterback 29 games in the NFL for Oakland, Buffalo and New Orleans between 1995 and 1998.

Hobert gained some “fame” for admitting he didn’t thoroughly prepare for a 1997 Bills’ game against New England in which two of his first three passes were intercepted. He was quickly cut.

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