White Sox: Five best players of the 2010s

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Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu
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The Chicago White Sox had one extremely consistent hitter during the decade. That guy is Jose Abreu. He was a model of consistency during his White Sox tenure. He was signed as an international free agent before the 2014 season and hit the ground running. He was so good in that season that he was the American League Rookie of the Year for 2014. It was a great year for him and a sign of what was coming.

He would go on to be the team’s leader every year that followed. It wasn’t necessarily easy for Abreu either because he was the guy who had to come in and replace the retiring Paul Konerko. He handled that pressure with class and dignity. He went out there and performed exactly the way that was expected of him and sent Paulie out with a great successor.

Abreu has hit 179 home runs and had 611 RBIs with 483 runs scored. He was the American League RBI Champion in 2019 which is likely the highlight statistic of his career. He is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award Winner to go with it. The only thing missing from Abreu’s resume is a playoff appearance.  He has been on some bad teams and could have easily requested a trade to go try and win. Instead, he wants to see this rebuild through and be a big part of it. Hopefully, Abreu can do what made him successful in the 2010s in the 2020s.