The Chicago White Sox have the American League MVP in Jose Abreu.
The Chicago White Sox had one of the best years they’ve had in a really long time. They were one of the elite teams in the American League. A lot of their success came because of the play of Jose Abreu. He was so good that on Thursday night, he was named to be the American League MVP by the Baseball Writers Association of America. It is a great honor for a great player and man. Both he and the White Sox were rewarded for sticking together through the rebuild.
There aren’t many better people in the game of baseball off the field than Jose Abreu. He gives all of his effort to the game, his teammates, and his family. He showed how much it means to him winning it by the way he reacted to the news on MLB Network. The White Sox are lucky to have a leader like this in their clubhouse to help them with their young team.
Abreu was amazing on the field as well, obviously. He slashed .317/.370/.617 and had an OPS of .987. He hit 19 home runs and led the league with 60 RBIs in 60 games. He also led in slugging percentage, hits, and total bases so you know he was one of the best hitters in the league.
He didn’t win the Gold Glove at first base but he was pretty good defensively as well. His WAR of 2.8 in 60 games just shows you how important he is to the team. The White Sox offense was prolific and Jose Abreu was the biggest key to it all. He showed what he can do with a really good lineup around him, which they lacked early on in his career.
As mentioned before, Abreu stuck with the White Sox during the rebuild. He didn’t want to be traded to a contender when they were rebuilding because he wanted to be with his team through to the successful years. It is clear that was a smart decision for him now that he is an MVP. Hopefully, a World Series champion is the next accolade to be placed on his mantle.