White Sox slugger Jose Abreu sets franchise history


Aug 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Abreu became the first Chicago White Sox rookie in franchise history to hit 30-plus doubles and 30-plus home runs in a season on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians.

The double came in the first inning against Indians pitcher T.J. House giving the White Sox rookie 30 doubles on the season.

Abreu entered Tuesday’s AL Central game with 33 home runs, second in the MLB, trailing only Nelson Cruz.

Before Tuesday’s game, Abreu was batting .308 on the season with 94 RBIs in 115 games played. Abreu’s 30th double of the season was in his 116th game of the year.

Only two White Sox batters have 30 doubles this season, with Abreu joining third baseman Conor Gillaspie on that list.

Also this season (before Tuesday), Abreu has one triple and 35 walks.

It seems after a bit of a slump in early August due to not being used to so many games in a season, Abreu might be getting that one last burst of energy he needs to make his already successful season even more successful.

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He’s already done more that what was expected in season one, but it is time to be greedy and hope Abreu can continue to add to his numbers and make this last month and a few days of his rookie season even more memorable than it already is.

Congrats to Abreu on making franchise history and doing something no White Sox rookie had ever achieved.