With 12 games left in the season Paul Konerko has no time for talk about his future beyond 2013.
Since before the season began, the White Sox first baseman has been adamant he would address his plans for 2014 after the season ended.
Konerko hasn’t wavered once as every time the possibility he could retire has been brought up, he stresses the present isn’t the time to make any decisions, in part because the choice contains so many moving parts.
On Tuesday, Konerko declined to answer any further questions about the topic. White Sox manager Robin Ventura understands why Konerko would be upset by constant questions about his future. Ventura also expects Konerko to take time with his decision one day after a Daily Herald report suggested the veteran would make up his mind in November.
“If he wanted to say something, he would say,” Ventura said. “I was kind of the same way. Just because somebody comes and asks you a fifth time doesn't mean that's going to be the time to say it. When he decides one way or another what he's going to do, he'll let people know. At some point he just gets tired of somebody asking a question and they already know what his first response is going to be. ... I would imagine he would probably take a little time.”
Konerko is in his 15th season with the White Sox.
While the losing has dulled his pleasure, Konerko appears to be enjoying himself on the field. He has talked this season about still enjoying the work and enduring the grind, two factors among many in his choice. His numbers have slipped some because of injuries, but Konerko still can be a productive hitter as evidenced by his .286/.375/.429 line this month with two homers and eight RBIs.
All those factors surely will make Konerko’s decision tougher.
“Even if you're ready it's tough,” Ventura said. “When you've been doing this pretty much your whole adult life, whether you're frustrated with it or doing well at it, it becomes harder to know you're not going to be doing it.”