Konerko on pace with Josh Hamilton?


Konerko on pace with Josh Hamilton?

By Paul LaTour

Less than two weeks ago, Paul Konerko shook his head in disbelief about the amazing season Josh Hamilton was already having.

Hamilton might be the one shaking his head now.

Konerko overtook Hamilton for the American League batting lead Wednesday after a three-hit performance in the White Sox 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Konerko is now hitting .381, which includes going 17 of 30 (.567) during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Its stupid, honestly. Its like hes playing video games, Sox starter Chris Sale said. Hes just so talented and has such a good eye and hes so patient. He doesnt get down on himself when something goes wrong. You saw it tonight. Hes just hitting the ball all over the place and putting good swings on good pitches.

Since missing two games after being hit in the left eye with a pitch by Jeff Samardzija on Friday, Konerko has five hits in eight at-bats with a double, home run and three runs scored.

I dont know if you say you can expect that, but seeing how much work he puts in, hes having a really good season, manager Robin Ventura said. To be able to come back with what happened over the weekend and still swing it the way he has is nice.

Konerko still sports an ugly black eye, but said otherwise there are no remnants from the beaning, which came in his first at-bat following his two-run home run.

I havent even thought about it, Konerko said of the injury. Obviously I cant see it. Nothing is bothering me looking out of it, so until I look in the mirror thats the only time I see that something is wrong with it.

Despite what appeared to be another strong outing at the plate, Konerko was modest in assessing his performance.

I really wasnt that good the whole night, he said. I took one really good swing at the end there and hit a home run, and it turns into a good night. But I was kind of feeling for it all night. I had a bad first at-bat with guys on.

Konerko was referring to his strikeout in the first after the White Sox put the first three runners on base. But after his performance the rest of the way, he might be the only one who remembered that.

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.

Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.

The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.

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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly.  The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success.  I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”

Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).

Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.