Paul Konerko: The Fine Wine of First Basemen

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Paul Konerko: The Fine Wine of First Basemen
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Paul Konerko is really good at playing baseball. 

This statement might not necessarily be profound or earth shattering, but when did I ever say I was Socrates?

When it comes to Paulie, the man can plain stroke. 

The Rhode Island native, as of May 8th, has a robust stat line to the tune of a .343 BA while whopping 6 HRs and collecting 17 RBI.

The most fascinating about Konerko's career is not his success, but the timing of his success.

Most baseball people consider the age of 27 to be the prime of a player's career.  Konerko's late success does away with this assumption.

So the real question to ask is the following: why did it take Konerko this long to elevate his game to its current stature?

(And no, there won't be any age conspiracies.  To my knowledge, Konerko didn't pull a reverse Danny Almonte and claim to be older than he is.)

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