Originally Posted by Jackaroo Dave
I personally, truly, think that if you play first base and bat 3-4-5, as Konerko does and ends up top 8-9 ever in RBI and HR, no matter how diminutive they may be considered, well, he's doing exactly what anyone has wanted out of a first baseman since the live ball. Hence my baserunning/poor defense statement. Out of fairness no one expects or even necessarily needs him to be above average fielding or baserunning. Top 8-9 ever at a position defined by those characteristics and in those categories is pretty elite.
I guess what I'm getting at is, does the lack of those other skills make him less HoF worthy? I am assuming of course he plays the next 3-4 years averaging 25-30 and 85-100 to be top 8-9.
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