The Chicago White Sox is an organization that has a lot of elite talent. They have above-average players (and most elite) players at every position. They also have an elite rotation and awesome bullpen to support them. One of the players who helps lead the way is Jose Abreu. He is one of the best first basemen in Major League Baseball right now and he is starting to get recognized more often.
It started in 2020 when he won the American League MVP award. Now, a year later, he looks like someone who is ready to lead his team to the postseason again. Shohei Ohtani’s brilliance made the AL MVP race no fun this year but Abreu is certainly going to get some top-ten votes again.
On Thursday, MLB announced that Jose Abreu is the American League Player of the Month for August. This is his fourth time receiving the monthly award and his second straight August. This man just loves playing baseball in August.
When we see Abreu win anything, we are happy. He is truly one of the greatest players that the organization has ever had. He is starting to assert himself up there with guys like Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, Carlton Fisk, and Mark Buehrle amongst others as the best players in White Sox history.
Jose Abreu was so good for the Chicago White Sox in the month of August.
Jose Abreu’s crazy production led to this award in August. For the month, he slashed .330/.382/.661 with seven doubles, 10 home runs, 25 RBIs, and 22 runs scored over 28 games in the month. He was sensational and really helped the White Sox maintain a big lead in the American League Central.
Abreu has been a very good August player for a long time. He is elite year round but he seems to really start turning it on extra in that month. It may be because the season is almost over and the playoffs are in sight. He wants to win as badly as any player in the organization.
If Abreu can keep this up through September, they should clinch the division with ease and be a heavy favorite in the American League. He is the catalyst on the offense for a lot of reasons. He can drive in runs, hit home runs, and hit for contact depending on the situation. With some of the other bats around him in the lineup, he has been taking advantage.
If he goes on to lead the league in RBIs this year, it will be the third season in a row that he does that. It is a lot of fun to watch and it makes it even better that they are in first place of their division with serious World Series aspirations. Hopefully, he stays hot until the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.