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Fantasy Notes: Konerko Having a Down Year?

September 20, 2006 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
  • It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fact that Paul Konerko won’t reach the 40-homer mark for a third straight season and assume that he’s having a down year. But nothing could be further than the truth. The numbers don’t lie: he is headed for career bests across all percentages, including a whopping .314 batting average and .545 slugging percentage. Konerko has 169 hits, his highest total since 2002 and 105 RBI, already surpassing last season’s figure. The fact is, Konerko is probably enjoying the finest season of his career, lower home run figure notwithstanding.
  • This has absolutely no fantasy relevance, but damn if it’s not a great story. Thirty-six-year-old infielder Jason Wood, seven years removed from his last major league action, had his contract purchased by the Marlins recently. He has been the king of Marlins’ Triple-A baseball the past five years, winning the team MVP for the Isotopes in three of the past four seasons including this year when he led the team in RBI, while scoring 64 runs and mashing 11 dingers. It’s real nice to see Florida reward Wood, who last appeared in the bigs with the Tigers back in 1999. So far, he’s certainly holding his own, going 2-for-4 in five games.
  • Jermaine Dye’s name seems to be lagging behind in the MVP chat, but why? Sure, if the Chisox fail to make the postseason (which is looking likely), I suppose he automatically will be eliminated from consideration. But he’s batting .320, slammed his 43rd homer last night, has drawn 55 walks and has a superb 1025 OPS. MVP votes or not, it’s been a career season for Dye, who will be a top 10 pick at next year’s drafts.
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