My thought is that a staue or retiring his number is not appropriate although I wouldn't mind seeing a nice plaque recognizing his valuable service and the passion for playing hard and smart each season. What would be more valuable in my eyes would be to bring him back in some capacity after his playing career is done .... AJ knows he will always be welcome to Chicago with open arms.
I vote No. Retiring a players number and building a statue should be reserved for the elite players of the organization. The White Sox should try and do something to recognize those players that fall short of the elite but were better than the average player. I’m not sure what that recognition should be but I’m sure with a little imagination and thought something could be respectful and serve the purpose.
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some might say that AJ was a statue behind the plate, nah...sorry
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I might see them giving a courtesy one-year without giving 12 to somebody. But that's it.
so your saying iguchi,geoff blum,and neal cotts need to have their numbers retired? since the ring matters so much than i guess you are,and probably need to take applng,luis,minnies away huh because they have no rings?None them reached the top of the hill as a white sox team player or leader and none planted a World Series championship flag at the top.
i get that he was your fav player.but look around,no one is with you on this.he wasnt that great.
AJ, no way. Buehrle and Konerko, absolutely. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but Frank Thomas and Konerko are ranked #1 and #2 in about every offensive category record for White Sox history. Thomas already had his retired. And if Konerko plays another year or two for the Sox, he'll probably pass The Big Hurt on a few of them.
Buehrle doesn't rank in the top 2 for most of the Sox all-time pitching categories, but he did accomplish quite a bit with the White Sox. 4 All-Star appearances, 3 gold gloves, a no hitter, a perfect game, the MLB record for most consecutive batters retired, started and won a world series game followed by a save the following game, his durability, etc. And he did it all with a fastball that rarely hit 90 mph.
They both played over 10 years for the White Sox and they both did a heck of a lot more for the team than AJ did. I like AJ and he meant a lot to the team while he was here. But Buehrle and Konerko mean way more to the organization. I think #56 and #14 will be the last 2 numbers we see retired for a long time (unless Sale keeps pitching like he has for another 10 years with the Sox, then we might see his number up on the wall too, but it's way too early and too many bad things can happen to have that discussion right now).
Frank Thomas has 448 HR's with the Sox. Pauly is at 415. If he is 100% healthy next year he definitely has a shot at passing Frank. I sure as heck hope he passes him either in 13-14. Should Pauly decide to play another 3 years, than in all likely hood he would get to 500. Which should make him not only a HOFer, but a lock for a statue in front of the park!