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08:23 AM ET 05.28 | Like a pitcher making his way through a no-hitter, there is an elephant in the White Sox clubhouse. What's happening at the Cell is a story that needs to be told, though the man standing in a corner of the White Sox' clubhouse won't be the one telling it. That would be the modest Paul Konerko, who is flirting with hitting .400. The word "flirt" would suggest he's an active participant in the hoopla over the possibility of reaching that magic number. Trust me, he's having nothing to do with the idea. ... This May, he's hitting .410. His best month historically is June (.306). If you go by that, more good things could be ahead. Even though he's 36, he might be playing his best baseball.

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May 28, 2012  12:10 PM ET

By the time this guy's done, he could be the best player NOT in the HOF who doesn't stink of PED's. He's going to finish .290, 2500, 475/1500. 25 years from now, people will wonder how he's not in the HOF, but I can't see him getting a serious look.

May 28, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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By the time this guy's done, he could be the best player NOT in the HOF who doesn't stink of PED's. He's going to finish .290, 2500, 475/1500. 25 years from now, people will wonder how he's not in the HOF, but I can't see him getting a serious look.

So consistent. A pro's pro.

May 28, 2012  01:07 PM ET
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So consistent. A pro's pro.

I hate the ChiSox, and this guy has been a career Tiger killer, but damn it, I respect him. He's a helluva ballplayer. Not quite HoF, but a solid career 95% of athletes could only wish they could have.

May 28, 2012  01:34 PM ET

I saw his average last night and just KNEW I'd be reading an article today about the chase for .400

May 28, 2012  03:08 PM ET

Agreed he's a great player and as a Cubs fan he's one of the very few White Sox I respect. But talking .400 already??? C'MON MAN!!

May 28, 2012  03:24 PM ET

Elephant in the room? Do they talk about no-hitters in the third inning in Chicago too?

Konerko is fantastic, but why would anyone be talking about a .400 season after less than two months?

May 28, 2012  06:55 PM ET
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By the time this guy's done, he could be the best player NOT in the HOF who doesn't stink of PED's. He's going to finish .290, 2500, 475/1500. 25 years from now, people will wonder how he's not in the HOF, but I can't see him getting a serious look.

Why do you assume he won't eventually make it into the HoF? I'm pretty sure you lack foreknowledge. First ballot, no. Down the road, possibly.

May 29, 2012  07:39 AM ET

Is there anything else to talk about?

 
May 29, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Is there anything else to talk about?

Not in Chicago.

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