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Konerko: I Know My Role For 2014

Paul Konerko. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Paul Konerko. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) In one of his more candid interviews, White Sox captain Paul Konerko opened up to 670 The Score on Thursday morning.

Konerko, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox, was open and honest about his role in 2014 and said he knows his days of starting 150-plus games are over.

“Like I said, if a team like the White Sox or any team was saying, ‘Listen, let’s forget about last year. (We) want you to come back and be the starting first baseman.’ I probably would have retired or searched for something more like this. I gotta be honest – I don’t think I can get out there for 140, 150 games anymore. It was just that time. I learned that over the last couple of years. It was just being honest about that.”

Coming back in a limited role is something that appealed to Konerko, who said he believes he can add value in a leadership role.

“I feel like I can help,” he said. “I know where (my teammates) are at as individuals and I feel like this role kind of frees me up at times to not be out there every day to maybe make a (different) impact. It’s not all about talent. It’s not all about having the physical talents. It’s more than that.”