Jul 29, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a two RBI double in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has had a rookie season for the ages, and it still has two months remaining. On Monday, it was announced that he was named the American League Rookie and Player of the Month for July.
This is the second time this season Abreu has earned both honors and the third time he has been the AL Rookie of the Month. Abreu is the first rookie to be AL Player of the Month twice.
In the press release, it said of Abreu:
"“Abreu becomes the first rookie in major-league history to be named Player of the Month twice in one season and the fourth player to be named Rookie of the month three or more times, joining Ichiro Suzuki (four in 2001), Mike Trout (four in 2012) and Jason Bay (three in 2004).”"
Abreu is also the only White Sox rookie in franchise history to be Rookie of the Month more than once.
This is an honor well-deserved by Abreu, as he batted .374 in July with 11 doubles and six home runs. In the month, he also tallied 19 RBIs and had a .432 on-base percentage.
Abreu played in 25 games in the month of July as he was also an All-Star in July.
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The White Sox press release also said:
"“(Abreu) led the AL in average, doubles, slugging percentage, OPS (1.099), extra-base hits (17) and total bases (66) while hitting safely in 24 of 25 games during the month.”"
The White Sox were lucky to win the bidding war this offseason for Abreu, and now they are enjoying the spoils of having one of the best players in all of baseball on their roster.