Sep 26, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu hits a single against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox announced Monday night via press release that rookie first baseman Jose Abreu has been selected as the Players Choice American League Outstanding Rookie.
In the official release, it says of Abreu:
"“Abreu, 27, batted .317 (176-556) with 35 doubles, 36 home runs, 107 RBI, a .581 slugging percentage and a .383 on-base percentage in 145 games this season. He led the majors in slugging percentage … Abreu became the first rookie in baseball history to rank among the Top 5 in his league in each Triple Crown category and joined Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) as the only rookies to record 30 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBI in a season.”"
I don’t believe this is the last Rookie of the Year award Abreu will receive this offseason for the stats listed above. It is, however, the second ROY award he’s received, winning the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year award last month.
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What I’m more excited for is seeing how Abreu changes his game to become an even better baseball player than what he already is for next season. His record-setting rookie season is just the start to what I and many others believe will be a special career.
I’ve said this before, but the White Sox hit the lottery when they outbid other MLB teams last winter to get Abreu on their team.
Abreu is a special player, and hopefully he’ll be the main reason the White Sox can become a special team in 2015 and beyond.