Saturday, July 10, 2010
Konerko named an AL All-Star
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Two days after finishing third in the fan vote for the final American League All-Star Game roster spot, Paul Konerko found out he is going to Anaheim, Calif., to play in Tuesday's contest after all.
The White Sox first baseman was named as an injury replacement for the Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau, who had been voted in as the AL starter by fans. Player-elected All-Star Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers will now get the start at first with Konerko acting as a reserve.
"It's good news," Konerko said. "I really didn't get too emotionally involved. I've been down this road where I have made teams and didn't make teams.
"When I didn't make the team I wasn't let down. When I didn't make the last-player vote thing, I wasn't let down. You go with the flow and it's good news that it's going to the West Coast because I was headed home to Arizona anyway. It makes it a little bit easier."
Konerko entered Saturday's game batting .299 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. Had he not made the club, he would have been just the fourth player since 2005 to have at least a .290 batting average, 20 home runs and 60 RBIs and not make the All-Star team. Travis Hafner (2006: .322, 25 home runs and 74 RBI), Morneau (2006: .300, 23, 74) and Carlos Lee (2008: .302, 21, 76) share that dubious distinction.
This is the fourth time Konerko has made the All-Star team. His other selections came in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
Morneau suffered a concussion Wednesday when he was accidentally kneed in the head by Toronto's John McDonald. Morneau slid into McDonald while trying to break up a double play at second base.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.