Chicago White Sox superstar, Jose Abreu, has been nominated for AL MVP.
The Chicago White Sox had a great season in 2020. They took a major step forward to becoming an annual World Series contender this year and a lot of it was thanks to Jose Abreu. Abreu was one of the best players in Major League Baseball this season and that is why he is nominated for the American League MVP award. He is nominated along with Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians and DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees.
Abreu was the best player on this team for the entire season. He was an above-average defensive first baseman but he made most of his impact with his bat. The most impressive stat Abreu had was his MLB leading 60 RBIs in 60 games. That is an RBI per game pace which is absolutely incredible. He also led the Major Leagues in hits, total bases, and slugging percentage.
Abreu slashed .317/.370/.617 with an OPS of .987. All of that accumulated to a 2.8 WAR which is sensational for 60 games. Out of all of the White Sox award nominees announced, he is the most deserving to win the award he was nominated for. He was more consistent than Jose Ramirez was so it feels like it should go to either Abreu or LeMahieu.
One thing that might not go into it but maybe should is what he means to his team. It is called the Most Valuable Player award after all and his value to the White Sox cannot be underrated. He meant everything to them this year as they looked to take the next step. They did that as they made the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. There is no doubt that guys like Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Tim Anderson benefit from Abreu being there with them.
Before the offseason began last season, it was in question whether or not the White Sox would even bring him back at all. Well, each side stayed loyal to each other and it seems to be a fantastic decision for both. Hopefully, he is able to win the MVP and then carry that momentum into the 2021 season. Congrats to Jose Abreu, he truly deserves this.