The Secret To Paul Konerko's Success

Erik ProusaContributor IApril 8, 2010

MESA, AZ - MARCH 4:  Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox stands ready at bat against the Chicago Cubs during Spring Training at Hohokam Park March 4, 2007 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Recently, a friend of mine had the privilege to sit down and talk to Paul Konerko on the art of hitting. Paul Konerko told him that he doesn't try to hit the home run every time but Konerko has some sort of philosophy.


Doesn't everyone remember their little league coach telling you to stay inside on the ball and hit it on the ground. Well, this partly describes how Konerko is able to hit so many home runs every year.


All Konerko does is cut the ball in half, up and down and then across, forming four sections of a baseball. This is where your little league coach comes in.


Paulie tries to hit the top inside corner of the ball every time he is at the plate. If he does it right, the ball will take off because of all the backspin that he's developed. If the White Sox first baseman barely misses his spot he will hit the ball on the ground forcing the defense to make plays.


Throughout the past few years Paul Konerko has been able to hit over 20 home runs since 2004. That's 6 straight seasons people.


Paul Konerko's approach to hitting combines with little league mentality and perfect coordination on the ball.


Paul Konerko's contract is up at the end of the 2010 season, but if he continues to produce at the rate he is going, I can see him being with the Chicago White Sox for the rest of his career.