The Chicago White Sox should be very proud of Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson.
It was a glorious moment on Thursday night when it was announced that Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox was the Most Valuable Player of the American League for the 2020 season. It was a short 60-game season because of the COVID-19 pandemic but you can argue that made it even harder. Abreu deserves this accolade because he was the biggest key to the White Sox making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Abreu, the winner, wasn’t the only White Sox player who had top-ten votes for the award. Tim Anderson was in the race for a good portion of the season but there are a lot of great players in the American League. Anderson came in seventh place for the AL MVP. It was cool to learn that he received one third-place vote. Anderson should be very proud of what he and Abreu were able to do this season.
Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians came in second and DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees came in third to round out the three nominees. Shane Bieber of the Indians and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels came in fifth. That is some awesome company for the two White Sox stars to keep themselves with. Seeing the White Sox involved in these types of conversations shows how different the franchise is from even a few years before the rebuild.
Of course, winning the World Series is the ultimate goal for all 30 MLB teams. However, these individual awards are important (and fun) to win and anyone who denies it is lying. The White Sox had some involvement in Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year voting. It was capped off by Jose Abreu being the winner of the MVP and Anderson having a top-ten finish.
This was a magnificent year for these two players. Now, they need to have great offseasons to prepare for 2021 because now is the real-time to win. With some of the players that are around them now, they need to start winning in the postseason. There are going to be expectations going into the 2021 season and you know that Anderson and Abreu will be leading the way. For now, however, we can be proud of them for their play in 2020 and look forward to great futures.