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Chicago White Sox: 3 legitimate AL MVP candidates

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CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox poses with his cap and a baseball to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to commemorate the no-hitter he threw the night before against the Cleveland Indians, prior to the game on April 15, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox poses with his cap and a baseball to be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, to commemorate the no-hitter he threw the night before against the Cleveland Indians, prior to the game on April 15, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Jose Abreu
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The Chicago White Sox looks to Jose Abreu for a lot of things which makes him their MVP.

Jose Abreu won last year’s AL MVP award thanks to his ability to come through in the clutch, his production, and for what he meant to the White Sox. This year, while his numbers may be down a little bit, he’s still the biggest factor in Chicago’s offensive success. And right now, he is just starting to come in and play at a high level.

Abreu is the definition of a “warrior” in baseball. We have seen him knocked down only to get back up again and play. He has survived collisions on the base paths, a bat was thrown at his knee and a hard slide into home hurt him a bit. Abreu has missed little time due to these injuries proving his resilience and desire to keep on playing and help his team win.

His statistics are not that bad right now. Through the 26th of July, Abreu has a slash line of .253/.335/.471. He has driven in a total of 75 RBI’s and has hit a home run 18 times. However, it’s much more than stats that make up the reason why Abreu should be considered for AL MVP again.

He’s the heart and soul of the team. Abreu is a leader a driver behind their success. He helps inspire this team to keep fighting and best of all, he leads by example. Plus, he can singlehandedly win games (as we saw most recently against the Minnesota Twins).

He’s easily the best player on the team and there is no doubt about that. Now that it appears he is in his groove, a strong finish to the season could provide him with his second AL MVP honor. You cannot rule Abreu out of the MVP conversation. He’s just too good and is poised to have a strong finish to the 2021 season which will only bolster his chances.

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