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White Sox expect full house for Paul Konerko jersey retirement

Paul Konerko waves to fans after his final baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago last season. AP

Only standing room tickets remain for the White Sox game against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday (3:10 p.m.), when former captain Paul Konerko’s No. 14 jersey will be retired during a pregame tribute at U.S. Cellular Field.

Konerko retired at the end of the 2014 season, his 16th with the Sox.

Konerko, who will throw out a ceremonial first pitch, will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the Sox. A six-time All-Star first baseman, he is the franchise leader in total bases (4,010) and ranks among White Sox leaders in virtually every offensive category.

Konerko finished 16 homers (432) behind the Sox’ all-time leader, Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) and ranked third in hits (2,292) and doubles (406). He was the Sox’ cleanup hitter on their World Series championship team in 2005 and hit a grand slam in Game 2.

The first 20,000 fans who attend the game will receive a Paul Konerko Replica Statue.

Parking lots open at 11 a.m. and gates open at 1:10 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:25 p.m.