Dodgers: Top 5 Players that you Forgot Played for the Dodgers
Number 5: Paul Konerko
The White Sox great started his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played a grand total of 55 games with the boys in blue over the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Compared to the 2268 games he played on the South side of Chicago. It makes sense that fans would ignore his extremely brief tenure with the Dodgers.
Konerko managed 166 plate appearances with the Dodgers. In those plate appearances, he was woeful. Holding a .271 OBP and .298 SLG while in Los Angeles. This was a far different player than what he would eventually become with the White Sox.
Konerko was traded from the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds during the 1998 season. In return, the Dodgers received Jeff Shaw. In hindsight, this was a bad deal for the Dodgers as Konerko would eventually become an all-star.
Not only did Konerko become an all-star, but he also became one of the greatest and most beloved White Sox players of all-time. Konerko is top 3 all-time in White Sox history in Doubles, RBI’s, Home Runs and hits.
Konerko will forever be remembered as a White Sox superstar, but he got his start in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Though the trade may have been a bad overall decision, it was one that made sense at the time and would change the career path of Paul Konerko.