Josse Abreu of the Chicago White Sox deserves to be the American League MVP.
Later today, Major League Baseball is going to announce the winner of the Most Valuable Player from both the American League and National League. The Chicago White Sox have a nominee as Jose Abreu goes into it as the favorite for the award. He had a tremendous 2020 season and absolutely should be the winner of the award. DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians are the other two nominees from the American League.
Both of those guys had incredible seasons. DJ LaMahieu was the American League batting champion and Ramirez was one of the hottest players down the stretch. The thing for Abreu is that he was the most consistent all season long and led the White Sox to their first playoff appearance since 2008. It was a fantastic year for him and he deserves to be the MVP as a result.
He led the league in RBIs with 60. 60 RBIs in 60 games, an RBI per game pace, is incredible. If it was a full 162 game season, he probably wouldn’t have had 162 RBIs but you can expect that he would have been pushing 130. He also led in hits, total bases, and slugging percentage. His .317/.370/.617 batting average is also something that is MVP-like. His 19 home runs were also impressive, especially when you consider that it is a 51 home run pace over a full season.
After 2019 ended, Abreu became a free agent and was allowed to go wherever he wanted. He stayed loyal to the White Sox because he wanted to see this rebuild through. Well, both sides should be happy because each of them benefited from that decision. Abreu is going to be a big part of this team transitioning into a perennial contender.
Team accolades, like being a World Series champion, are the most important thing but winning an MVP is very special. He deserves this honor for this year because he was so great. He is also going to help lead this young roster to great heights which shows how valuable he is even more. Jose Abreu should be the AL MVP.