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Another Story from Howard Kellman


January 18, 2011

"I want to be to the White Sox what Derek Jeter is to the Yankees.."

Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham

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Gordon Beckham said those words in the spring of 2009 before he ever had played in a Major League game. Beckham was born and raised in Atlanta and was an All-American and an Academic All-American at the University of Georgia.

Beckham was the White Sox first round pick(number eight overall) in the 2008 amateur draft.He rose through the White Sox Farm System very quickly and made his Major League debut on June 4, 2009.

Beckham hit .270 with 14 Home Runs as a rookie that year with the Sox. He struggled at the plate during the first half of the 2010 season. A strong second half enabled him to raise his batting average to .252  with nine Home Runs.

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