Jul 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu finished fourth in the 2014 BBWAA American League MVP voting.
The AL MVP was Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who totaled 420 points in the voting. Abreu finished with 145 points in the voting.
This past season, Abreu batted .317 with 36 home runs and 35 doubles … in what was his first season in the majors.
Abreu, who played in 145 of 162 games, led the majors with a .581 slugging percentage, along with a 169 OPS+, also the best in the majors.
The rookie slugger also collected 107 RBIs in his first season and scored 80 runs. Abreu also tallied two triples and had an on-base percentage of .383.
I’ve wrote this many times this offseason, but the White Sox have already had their Christmas with the way Abreu played this past season. He became the best player on the entire roster, and that was evident his first month in the majors.
There is room for even a better season for Abreu in ’15, and one day I truly believe he’ll become the MVP of the AL.
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Trout received every first-place vote, while Abreu had just one second-place vote, along with six third-place votes. The White Sox slugger also received three fourth-place votes, one fifth-place vote and a total of 16 other votes ranging from sixth-10th place.
The last White Sox to finish this high in the voting was Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who was second overall in 2000. Thomas was the last White Sox player to be named MVP in 1993 and 1994.
Abreu was voted the AL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA and The Sporting News earlier this offseason.