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Apparently not satisfied with turn-back-the-clock promotions that last a single game, White Sox general manager Ken Williams considered going permanently old-school in naming a new manager. Williams eventually settled on Robin Ventura, but we now know Paul Konerko was also an option. The catch? Konerko is still a player. We haven't seen a full-time player-manager in baseball since the likes of Lou Boudreau, but could it work?


Did the White Sox make the right call?

The guy the White Sox chose isn't that far removed from his playing days, but did they miss an opportunity not going with Paul Konerko?

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Will we ever see a player take the reins?

Bill Russell won NBA titles as a player-coach with the Celtics, but even those came more than 40 years ago. Has that era passed?

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What makes it so difficult?

Unlike Tom Brady, Russell and Boudreau didn't have to deal with the 24-hour news cycle -- not to mention millionaire egos.

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Who could make it work?

A player-manager would presumably need to be a player of some consequence, so we picked five guys among the top 50 in active hits, including Todd Helton.

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So much for a chance for Robinson Cano to boost his MVP candidacy with some free airtime (granted, it's not like people who play for the Yankees hurt for exposure). The Home Run Derby wanted Robinson Cano, and Cano wanted to take part in the Home Run Derby.

There was only one small problem. The team that pays Cano wasn't interested. Citing a back injury hampering their second baseman, the Bronx Bombers pulled Cano from the hitting contest. And at least one fan thinks that's a dive worthy of a yellow card.

Pete (San Francisco)

Who are your AL and NL MVP's at the half-way-point of the season? I know we still have half a season to play, but if you were forced to choose someone from each league to be an MVP at this point in the season, who would it be?

Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan

In the AL, I would pick Robinson Cano. His team has the best record in the league and he's their leader, their star player. He's been their most productive and consistent player on their team. The NL is a little toughter. I would have to give it to 2-3 guys: David Wright, Troy Glaus, Pujols. Then I'd have to give Scott Rolen and Joey Votto a nod. I don't think it's as clear cut in the NL as it is in the AL. Full transcript.

Dan (Detroit, mi)

Is Miguel Cabrera the best hitter in MLB today?

Jerry Crasnick
Jerry Crasnick

Dan, Even though Albert Pujols isn't having quite an Albert Pujols-type of year, it's hard to pick anybody over him. Still, Cabrera is having an amazing year. He's got to be right in the MVP mix in the AL. Full transcript.

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