Apr 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) receives congratulations from shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) after scoring in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Two of the best players on the roster of the Chicago White Sox are being honored for their individual seasons at the plate for the 2014 campaign.
Jun 27, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is greeted at the dugout by shortstop Alexei Ramirez after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
This is a well deserved honor for both players, as they did a very good job of helping the White Sox improve this season, even if the overall results didn’t show up much in the standings.
In a press release by the White Sox it says of the All-Star duo:
"“They are the first Cuban-born teammates to win the award in the same season and join Jose Canseco (four times) and Rafael Palmeiro (twice) as the only native Cubans to be named Silver Sluggers.”"
The release also said Abreu is the first rookie in the history of the White Sox to win the award, which is voted on by managers and coaches of MLB.
Now a look at the stats of the White Sox duo.
Abreu, who was in the Top 5 Triple Crown categories, finished with a team-best .317 batting average, that included 36 home runs. Of his 176 hits, 35 were doubles. He also tallied 107 RBIs and led the majors with a .581 slugging percentage.
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As for Ramirez, he finished with a .273 batting average, with 15 home runs, 35 doubles and 82 runs scored. He also added 74 RBIs in the 158 games he played in.
These two players were two of the three most exciting players to watch on the White Sox roster this past season, making the season watchable and interesting.
What is exciting about Abreu is it was just his first season in the majors, and I believe he’ll only get even better as his MLB career progresses.
Ramirez has really come into his own, and being one of the White Sox veterans. If he is on the roster in ’15, he’ll be looked at to be a team leader next season.