The White Sox retired Paul Konerko's No. 14 before Saturday's game with the Twins, just one year after he retired. That's unusual in the AL Central, a division where most retired numbers belonged to players from long-ago eras. A look at the division's other retired numbers:
Indians: An extreme example of retired-number stinginess: Six players have had their numbers retired, but none played in Cleveland more recently than Larry Doby (No. 14) in 1958. The Indians did "retire" No. 455 in 2001, to honor the fans for 455 consecutive sellouts.
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Royals: The franchise retired three numbers — George Brett's No. 5, Frank White's No. 20 and manager Dick Howser's No. 10 — from their glory days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Considering the Royals went 29 years between postseason appearances, it's understandable that there aren't more.
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Tigers: Another franchise that doesn't retire numbers for recent players, Detroit's only such honor for someone active since the 1970s isn't for a player. The Tigers retired No. 11 five years ago for manager Sparky Anderson.
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White Sox: The White Sox have retired 10 numbers, including four (counting Konerko) of players who were active in the past 20 years (Carlton Fisk's No. 72, Frank Thomas' No. 35, Harold Baines' No. 3). Of course, this is a franchise that likes to retire numbers; the White Sox set aside Baines' in 1989 — more than a decade before he retired himself.