The Chicago White Sox had the MVP of the American League in Jose Abreu.
Most of the season was great for Chicago White Sox superstar, Jose Abreu. He hit lots of home runs, had lots of RBIs, and had one of the best batting averages in the league. He was so good all season long which started to garner attention towards the possibility of him being the American League Most Valuable Player. He did end up winning the award, edging out DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians.
Of all the great moments this season, winning the MVP has the be the highlight of the season for Abreu. It also is one of the coolest stories in all of Major League Baseball. It was a great way to cap off a season in which the White Sox made it to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. For one, he was one of the great leaders on the team. As one of the veterans, he does a great job helping players like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert with their game.
Of course, there is his play on the field. He had a slash line of .317/.370/.617 with an OPS of .987. He hit 19 home runs and had 60 RBIs. It was an RBI per game season for Abreu which is incredibly impressive. Would he have had 162 RBIs in a full season? Probably not but having 60 in 60 is very impressive nonetheless.
This moment clearly meant a lot to Jose Abreu. When he won, live on MLB Network, he was clearly so emotional when it was announced. Being the best player he can be for the White Sox means a lot to him. It also was emotional for him because when it was announced, his mind was on his late grandmother. She meant a lot to him and he mentioned that she would have loved seeing him win it.
Abreu’s great season is sure to carry over into the next few years. As you can see in the video, he is a very emotional person both on and off the field. He is going to take this as motivation to do it again, along with the memory of his grandmother to continue being the best player he can be. It is an honor to have Jose Abreu play for our favorite team.