The Chicago White Sox had a terrible offense in 2022. It was one of the biggest reasons that they were a complete failure this year. Tony La Russa was a bad manager that didn’t help them make adjustments in the organization which didn’t help but the players deserve some blame too.
However, there is one player that stood out above the rest and put together another great offensive year. Of course, that player is Jose Abreu who has been the best player on this team for just under a decade now.
Abreu’s power numbers were down a little bit as he didn’t reach his typical 30 home runs and 100 RBIs but that might not be entirely his fault. The approach implemented on this team was clearly to hit for contact more than power. Abreu was better than everybody at that too.
As a result, Abreu is nominated for the first base Silver Slugger Award in the American League. In addition to many other great accomplishments, Abreu has won the AL Silver Slugger three times which is very good. He is now nominated again and could win his fourth.
The Chicago White Sox have always seen Jose Abreu put up good offensive years.
He is nominated alongside Nathaniel Lowe of the Texas Rangers, Vladimir Guerrero Jr of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Anthony Rizzo of the New York Yankees. It is a very strong group of offensive first basemen and all of them deserve this recognition.
It should be interesting to see which of them gets the award in the end. Abreu’s accomplishments, regardless of the result here, are incredibly impressive. At this point, you have to consider him one of the very best players to put on a Chicago White Sox uniform.
This man is a free agent and a lot of people think it’s a good idea to move on from him. Yes, the one White Sox player who was on a terrible offensive team to be nominated for a Silver Slugger should be let go. Actually, no.
Abreu is the type of guy that you risk bringing back because even his worst seasons are Silver Slugger-worthy. Nobody else in this batting order has proven more worthy than him at this moment in time.