White Sox all-time home run hitters – No. 6: Jose Abreu
179 home runs since 2014
It didn’t take long for Jose Abreu to start clubbing the baseball for the Chicago White Sox after he signed with the club as an international free agent in October 2013 and he’s seldom stopped hitting long balls since.
It took him eight games into his rookie season before he hit a pair of homers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 8, 2014. He had a three-run shot off Chad Bettis in the seventh inning and belted a two-run job off Wilton Lopez an inning later in Chicago’s 15-3 win.
He finished his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2014 with 36 home runs, a franchise record for a first-year player, which shouldn’t have come as too big a surprise after the big first baseman hit 178 homers in just 640 games over 10 seasons in the Cuban National Series. Abreu was also fourth in the MVP voting in 2014.
Abreu is a three-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger recipient who has topped the 30-home run mark four times (2014-15, 2017, 2019) and led the American League with 123 RBI last season as well. He re-signed with the White Sox for three years and $50 million last November.