Who has the better Hall of Fame credentials: Paul Konerko or Mark Grace?

Who has the better Hall of Fame credentials: Paul Konerko or Mark Grace?

Paul Konerko's name appears on the 2020 ballot for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

He's one of the most beloved players in White Sox history. He hit clutch home runs, drove in key runs and was consistently in the heart of the Sox batting order for a decade.

Perhaps most importantly, he handed the clinching baseball from the 2005 World Series to Jerry Reinsdorf at the White Sox celebratory parade. Reinsdorf wasn't the only person who shed a few tears when that happened in Chicago.

But is Konerko a Hall of Famer?

Is he even the most Hall of Fame worthy first baseman in Chicago over the past 30 years?

A tale as old as time... a debate between White Sox fans and Cubs fans.

Mark Grace

GMS: 2,245
PA: 9,290
R: 1,179
H: 2,445
2B: 511
HR: 173
RBI: 1,146
AVG: .303
OBP: .383
OPS: .825
TB: 3,565
OPS+: 119
WAR: 46.4
(per Baseball Reference)

World Series Championships: 1 - 2001 with Arizona
All-Star Games: 3
Gold Glove Awards: 4

1988 National League Rookie of the Year Runner-Up

Paul Konerko

konerko

GMS: 2,349
PA: 9,505
R: 1,162
H: 2,340
2B: 410
HR: 439
RBI: 1,412
AVG: .279
OBP: .354
OPS: .841
TB: 4,083
OPS+: 118
WAR: 27.7
(per Baseball Reference)

World Series Championships: 1 - 2005 with White Sox
All-Star Games: 6
Gold Glove Awards: 0

2005 ALCS Most Valuable Player

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    # of DUI's:

    Grace: 2
    Konerko: 0

  • In reply to Michael Larmon:

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