White Sox veteran first baseman has the chance to become an All-Star starter for the first time in his career, and it will be much deserved for the native Cuban.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu could become an All-Star starter for the first time in his career. Although Abreu was an All-Star in his rookie season in 2014, he has never started in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Abreu is leading American League first basemen in All-Star voting by a wide margin. As of this past Tuesday, Abreu had 1,032,748 votes for the All-Star game. The next closest AL first basemen in voting was Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros with 714, 361 votes.
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With the Sox not having a good season in the standings this year, they don’t have many players who are worthy of being selected to the All-Star game. However, Abreu has become a force in the Sox lineup since 2014 and he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves from fans across MLB.
Abreu has been consistent offensively throughout his career and would certainly deserve the honor of being an All-Star starter. The 31-year-old has hit more than 25 home runs to go along with more than 100 RBIs in each season since he made his debut in 2014. He has also never finished a season in the Majors hitting less than .290.
If Abreu is selected as an All-Star starter, he might be the lone Sox representative on July 17 in Washington D.C. Other than possibly Reynaldo Lopez, there isn’t another Sox player that could be selected to the All-Star Game at the moment. Abreu has morphed into a veteran leader in the clubhouse for the Sox, and he could be on his way to appearing in his second career All-Star Game.