The Chicago White Sox had some success in 2020 and Sporting News recognized it.
The Chicago White Sox had some good moments in 2020. Despite a slump to end the season, they went 35-25 which is a 95 win pace over a 162 game year. There have been good moments and bad moments but there is a long way to go. That previously mentioned slump they went through to end the season showed them that there are some flaws to be addressed and some of them are already in the process of being fixed. It is cool now, however, to see some of the key pieces start to get recognized for their greatness.
It was a good year and Sporting News gave recognition to two major pieces of their organization. Jose Abreu, to begin, was named the Sporting News Major League Baseball Player of the Year! This is a guy who put up MVP numbers and Sporting News recognized him for it. He slashed .317/.370/.987 for the year and he led the league with 60 RBIs. His 76 hits also led baseball.
Abreu is a key piece to helping this team reach the next level. He might be a little bit older than some of the other stars on the team so he might not be around quite as long but he plays a major role in this team getting over the hump. Next on the agenda is to see him be the American League MVP.
In addition to Abreu’s honors, Rick Hahn was named to be the 2020 Sporting News Major League Baseball Executive of the Year. He started to rebuild this team back in 2016 and has been very successful. It was painful to watch on the field for a couple of years there but it was by design.
Hahn had a vision and now you are starting to see that vision come to life. They have had so many great prospects come to through the system and played well along the way. A lot of them are becoming superstars and Hahn deserves a lot of credit for finding/acquiring them.
This is a great baseball team to be a fan of right now. They have a lot of players that can compete for a lot of different awards which should really start to translate to victories. Eventually, the ultimate prize they want is to be called World Series Champions. Congrats to Rick Hahn and Jose Abreu on their well-deserved awards. This is just the beginning.