Chicago White Sox

Paul Konerko Breaks Frank Thomas' White Sox Franchise Record for Total Bases

Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is seen in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio
Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 25, 2014

Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox broke the franchise record for total bases with an eighth-inning double Wednesday night, per the Chicago Sun-Times. Konerko's 3,950 total bases place him one ahead of Frank Thomas on the White Sox' all-time list.

It took Konerko 2,199 games to to reach this milestone, as opposed to Thomas only needing 1,959. The Big Hurt still tops the franchise leaderboards in home runs (448), RBI (1,465), runs (1,327) and extra-base hits (906). Just as impressive, Thomas is the all-time franchise leader in both on-base percentage (.427) and slugging percentage (.568), which of course makes him the leader in OPS (.995).

Konerko, who currently sits at 427 home runs with the White Sox, would need 21 long balls in 2014 to tie Thomas for the franchise lead. The 38-year-old Konerko has 434 career home runs and is set to become a free agent after the season, so he may need to catch on elsewhere if he has aspirations of chasing the 500-homer mark.

Due to strong starts for rookie Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn, Konerko has seen a diminished role this year, as he's been delegated to part-time pinch-hitting and DH duties. He's only logged 23 at-bats so far in 2014, posting a .217 average with no home runs and two RBI.

Wednesday's double marked Konerko's first extra-base hit of the season, and he ended up 3-for-4 on the night with a run scored. Konerko also logged his first multi-hit game of the year in Wednesday's victory, doing so for the first time since September 21, 2013.

All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted. 

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