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gobears1987
07-01-2008, 12:18 PM
Will we see #14 added to the wall in left-center and to the list of retired Sox numbers?

peeonwrigley
07-01-2008, 12:25 PM
Tough call, but no.

If they win another series in the next 2.5 years and he is a huge part of it, probably.

soxfanaticpaulie
07-01-2008, 12:28 PM
I voted yes.

At first I was thinking maybe, but after looking at where he is falling in the all time White Sox Batting rankings, I'd have to say that if he will be playing here for another few years, he should be able to solidify his place as a White Sox immortal.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/leaders_bat.shtml

A Hall of Famer, no way, but a White Sox hall of famer (so to speak), I think he gets there.

skottyj242
07-01-2008, 12:28 PM
I am going to say maybe. We have to take care of the big guy first.

jabrch
07-01-2008, 12:28 PM
Churros

BeviBall!
07-01-2008, 01:44 PM
Unless he plans on having a dozen more Game 2's in a half dozen more World Serieseseesss... he doesn't have a shot in hell.

soxfan13
07-01-2008, 01:56 PM
I am going to say maybe. We have to take care of the big guy first.

Greg Luzinski?:redneck

sox1970
07-01-2008, 02:01 PM
The next 4 numbers to be retired by the Sox are 35, 13, 14, and 56.

getonbckthr
07-01-2008, 02:09 PM
Consider Paulie will finish with similar stats to Baines, maybe even better, yes it will be retired.

Eddo144
07-01-2008, 02:14 PM
The next 4 numbers to be retired by the Sox are 35, 13, 14, and 56.
I agree, at least that those are the four most likely:

35 will be retired the season following Thomas's retirement. You could make an argument he was the best pure right-handed hitter ever, and he's definitely the best offensive player the Sox have ever had.

13 will be retired the season following Guillen's retirement. He was overrated as a player, but still a fan favorite, and he was the manager of the first World Series winner in 88 years.

In both those cases, 35 and 13 are clearly synonymous with Thomas and Guillen.

14 will be retired if Konerko plays at least 5 more years with the Sox and doesn't decline too steeply (averages 20+ HR over those 5 years) OR if he plays at least 3 more years with the Sox and has very-good-to-great years (averages 30+ HR over those 3 years) OR if the Sox win another World Series with him as a major contributor

56 will be retired if Buehrle plays at least 5 more years with the Sox and doesn't decline too steeply (averages sub-4.00 ERA over those 5 years) OR if he plays at least 3 more years with the Sox and has very-good-to-great years (averages sub-3.50 ERA over those 3 years) OR if the Sox win another World Series with him as a major contributor OR he reaches 300 wins (in which case, he'd be inducted into the Hall of Fame as well)

For some reason, 14 doesn't immediately convey images of Konerko, though 56 definitely belongs to Buehrle.


Four may seem like a lot from one era, but it did bring the first championship to Chicago in 88 years.

sox1970
07-01-2008, 02:14 PM
Consider Paulie will finish with similar stats to Baines, maybe even better, yes it will be retired.

Not only the stats, but winning a championship, and handing the ball to Reinsdorf at the parade. He'll get his number retired.

sullythered
07-01-2008, 02:43 PM
Yes. He's one of the Sox top five all-time hitters.

chisoxfanatic
07-01-2008, 02:43 PM
Definitely. He has had so many huge "moments" with this team, including probably one of the Top 20 all-time in his World Series grand slam. I don't think anyone else to come up to the big club, signs, or is traded here is worthy of wearing the #14.

kevingrt
07-01-2008, 02:44 PM
Tough call. I said maybe just because he has a lot of years left on that contract and if he can turn it around this season and continue his .280 30+ HR's, 100+ RBI per season mark then yes. But it is too early. And if leads the Sox to another ring then definitely.

BRDSR
07-01-2008, 03:05 PM
Yes, conditioned on 4-5 more years in a White Sox uniform. If that happens, he'll likely eclipse Baines in home runs and RBI in a White Sox uniform.

Domeshot17
07-01-2008, 03:16 PM
I said yes, the guy should retire being in the top 3 of most the major offensive stats in Sox History. It will not be year 1 like Frank will, but it wouldn't even shock me if in 15 years we are uncovering a statue of Konerko's grandslam on the concourse

TDog
07-01-2008, 03:21 PM
I don't expect it would be. But if it were, I imagine WSI would have to deal with the periodic threads from people who insist Konerko's retired number be traded for one of the numbers the Angels retired.

Over By There
07-01-2008, 03:24 PM
I don't expect it would be. But if it were, I imagine WSI would have to deal with the periodic threads from people who insist Konerko's retired number be traded for one of the numbers the Angels retired.

I heard a strong rumor that we may be able to trade the #14 for Rod Carew and Chone Figgins.

downstairs
07-01-2008, 04:12 PM
Sheesh, what are we, the Yankees?

Thomas, yes. Guillen, Burls, Knoerko no.

I thought Baines was a bit too much.

JB98
07-01-2008, 04:28 PM
I'd say yes. Konerko will end up second to only Thomas in a lot of major offensive categories.

Too early to say on Buehrle. If he ends up with over 200 wins in a Sox uniform, it would be hard to deny him though.

thomas35forever
07-01-2008, 07:04 PM
I hope so. He doesn't exactly have HoF numbers and probably won't get inducted, but then again, neither was Billy Pierce. I'd love to see it happen though.

PKalltheway
07-01-2008, 08:10 PM
Yes. He's already 2nd in team history in home runs, and he hit one of the biggest home runs in team history in Game 2 of the World Series (see signature pic below). Konerko and Thomas are also the only two people in team history to have back-to-back 40 homer seasons.

His number gets retired in my book.