Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu hits 30 homers again
Jose Abreu has been a fixture with the Chicago White Sox over the past six seasons and one of his milestones accomplished on Saturday proven that.
For the fourth time in his career, Jose Abreu reached the 30 home run mark for the Chicago White Sox. He did so with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning off Luis Garcia of the Los Angeles Angels.
Abreu, 32, accomplished this feat last in 2017 when he hit 33 homers, but also did so in 2014 which was his rookie season that he hit a career-high 36 homers in. He followed that up with an exactly 30 homer season in 2015.
This consistency extends to many aspects of his game too as he has hit over 30 doubles in every season in his career, currently with 33 on the year.
The first baseman also has had 100 RBI or more in five of his six seasons in the league with 2018 being the outlier. Specifically in this regard, Abreu is approaching another milestone as he now has 599 RBI in his career. While 600 isn’t some heralded number really, it still is something to be proud of as a player.
Furthermore, Abreu got his 400th career extra-base hit on Wednesday with his 29th homer of the year against the Cleveland Indians.
Next season, Abreu would be on track to hit his 200th career homer after hitting his 176th on Saturday night.
If he were to stay with the White Sox in 2020, he would further be on track to play his 1,000th career game with the club having played in 881 so far.
On the year, Abreu is hitting .282/.327/.504 with the previously mentioned 30 homers and 111 RBI to give himself a 116 OPS+ and 1.9 bWAR.
Jose Abreu will be a free agent this offseason and given the fact that the Chicago White Sox are looking to go from below average to playoff contention as soon as next season, the team should strongly consider resigning him.