Wayback machine: Konerko had bad hips?

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Wayback machine: Konerko had bad hips?

On Nov. 16, 1998, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune examined reports that Paul Konerko was traded from Cincinnati to Chicago as "damaged goods."

Specifically, there was a concern that the then-22-year-old Konerko's hips would force him into an early retirement. A lot of that concern stemmed from the position Konerko originally played -- catcher -- and when he moved to the outfield and eventually third base (he wasn't a first baseman yet with Cincinnati, as that position was filled by the up-and-coming Sean Casey) the problems went away.

At least, they went away for Konerko. The questions about his hips followed him to Chicago, and a note from Greenstein toward the end of the article is certainly interesting:

"Peter Gammons' weekly column in the Boston Globe stated that 'as (Dodgers Vice President) Tommy Lasorda knows, the slow-footed Konerko has a hip problem that may not be curable.'"

Thirteen seasons and 389 home runs later, I think Konerko's hips aren't a problem.

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