Jun 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) waits for a pitch during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Chicago White Sox won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Let the 2nd half begin

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Though it will be tough for the Chicago White Sox to make a run at the postseason, as they are 6.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot with the 2nd half of the season about to begin, there is still a lot to look forward to in the final 67 games left on the schedule.

The White Sox also trail the Detroit Tigers by 10.5 games in the AL Central, but one aspect of this team I’m looking forward to keeping track of is the home run total of Jose Abreu.

The rookie first baseman has 29 home runs, the most in the Majors, and needs 21 more to break the all-time rookie home run mark held by Mark McGwire. McGwire hit 49 home runs in 1987 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

Abreu is currently third (tied with Mike Trout) in the Majors in RBIs with 73, trailing Miguel Cabrera (75) and Nelson Cruz (74).

Ted Williams in 1939 set the rookie RBI mark with 145 while with the Boston Red Sox. In 2001 Albert Pujols set the NL rookie RBI record with 130 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Those are just two records to see how close Abreu can get to or even surpass for the remainder of the season. It should be fun to watch and keep track of for not just Abreu’s path to potential records, but to see how he progresses in his first season in the Majors.

Do you think Abreu can break the rookie home run mark?

In other White Sox news:

• Speaking of Abreu, the Chicago Sun-Times writes how his parents are proud of his accomplishments.

• The Chicago Tribune previews the series for this weekend with the Astros visiting the White Sox.

• Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes “eyes on bullpen” during the second half of season.

• CSN Chicago has an article on Frank Thomas and how the World Series season of ‘05 was “bittersweet.”

Call to the Pen has a poll for AL Comeback Player of the first half of the season.

• ICYMI: Here are mid-term grades from Southside Showdown for the White Sox.

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