Chicago White Sox players are being highlighted for their hard work, despite ranking third in the AL Central with their current record of 8-5, compared to their ranking second in the 2012 season.
Jared Mitchell is leading the team in runs and has the highest batting average, while Paul Konerko leads with four home runs.
During a spring training game in 2010, Mitchell collided into the outfield wall while attempting a running catch and tore a tendon in his left ankle, setting him back two years. He did not start to feel fully healthy until right before the 2012 season.
“I’m a big believer that if something is meant to be, it will be, given that you give yourself the right opportunities to make something happen,” Mitchell told cbslocal.com. “It doesn’t really bother me that the injury happened. It’s just a minor setback in what I’m trying to do and there’s going to be setbacks in everything that you do.”
Konerko, who hit the 400th home run of his career last April, had his jersey put on display Friday in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. He turned 37 this week, is in the final season of a three-year, $37.5 million contract.
“Paul has flown under the radar for a lot of people, at least outside of Chicago, and a lot of people don’t appreciate how great and how consistent of a player he has been,” Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber said in an article on ESPN.com.
Left-handed pitcher Chris Sale, who went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA in his first season as a starter in 2012, can now focus on the season. He has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $32.5 million.
“The worst part of this game is the business side,” Sale told the Chicago White Sox Website. “I don’t have to worry about the business side of baseball for the next five years. I can be like a kid again and just play, all I have to do is prepare myself and play.”