Paul Konerko eyes All-Star vote
Konerko, who's batting .319 with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs, wants to beat out the Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon (.298, 10, 46), Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones (.283, 13, 46), Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez (.328, 6, 46) and Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist (.256, 9, 40) on MLB.com's "Final Vote" as a reward to the White Sox workers campaigning on his behalf.
"It seems in five of the last six or seven years we've had someone on that [Final Vote] list of players, so [the Sox are] kind of experts on how to get a campaign together real quick and get people to vote," Konerko said Tuesday on "Mike & Mike In The Morning" on ESPN Radio. "It kind of puts you in an uncomfortable situation a little bit.
"It's a nice thing to go to the All-Star Game, but it's not the end of the world if you don't go. So it's not like I'm sitting here trying to promote myself. But our team does a good job. I hope we win just because of the fact there are so many people behind the scenes ... like yesterday was July 4, they had a ton of people come in that had the day off, just because of this, to work on the campaign. So from my standpoint, I hope we win, because I kind of feel bad to make people do stuff for nothing."
It's Konerko's third time on the "Final Vote" list, and although he's a four-time All-Star, he hasn't won a "Final Vote" contest. White Sox campaigning did manage to get in Scott Podsednik in 2005 and A.J. Pierzynski in 2006.
Konerko led the "Final Vote" balloting on MLB.com as of Tuesday morning. Voting ends Thursday at 4 ET.
Carlos Quentin is the lone White Sox representative so far this year. Quentin had mixed feelings about making it without Konerko, who leads the team in most offensive categories.
"That wasn't one of my goals coming into the year, to make an All-Star team," Konerko said. "It's really nice if you go, it's a lot of fun. But the days off are nice, too. Not disappointed.
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"I know at my position, there's been a couple of years where I probably should have gone, but I didn't go with the numbers I had. And there are other years when it's kind of a coin flip, and I did go. And there were some other guys at home that had just as good of numbers, or maybe did other things better than I did, and they could have easily gone."
"The fans got it right. They got Adrian in there as the starter," Konerko said. "If they get the starter right, everything else usually falls in line and it becomes a coin flip between two guys that have to have their team represented.
"It's a very imperfect thing if you actually get into it and look at how it all gets done, so I'm definitely not surprised, because I knew all the factors that were there. But we'll see what happens this week with the fan vote thing."