MLB awards: Jose Abreu becomes first White Sox since Frank Thomas to win 2020 American League MVP

Keeping Jose Abreu around the South Side end up being a fiercely gainful choice for the slugging first baseman and the Chicago White Sox.

The Cuban-conceived slugger, who persevered through six back to back losing seasons to begin his vocation, settled on his choice to re-up with the White Sox a shrewd one by assembling a beast season that finished in him winning the American League Most Valuable Player grant.

Abreu, 33, was a free specialist after the 2019 season and selected to re-sign with Chicago, consenting to a three-year, $50 million agreement. How about we simply state it’s turning out for the two sides.

Abreu transformed the 60-game pandemic-abbreviated season into one of his most noteworthy, driving the AL in hits (76), RBI (60), slugging (.617) and absolute bases (148) and his 19 homers positioned second.

Then, a hotly anticipated White Sox revamp at last picked up footing, as the club went 35-25, a gathering of youthful stars like Tim Anderson, Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez mixing around Abreu.

Abreu outpointed Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez for the honor.

Ramirez, a 5-9, 190-pound bowling wad of hostile pulverization, tied for the significant association lead in Wins Above Replacement (3.4) in this abbreviated season. However his September flood estimated facing any year – 10 homers, a .366 normal and a 1.294 OPS that lifted the Indians out of the dejection and into nine successes in their last 11 games to guarantee the AL Central title.

That wasn’t sufficient to conquer Abreu, in any case, who guaranteed 21 of 30 in front of the pack votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America. Ramirez guaranteed eight ahead of everyone else votes and Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who asserted the last in front of the rest of the competition vote and completed third.

“This award is for my family, for Jerry (Reinsdorf) and the Chicago White Sox organization who gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues and made my mom’s dream come true,” Abreu said in a statement. “To the fans and to all my coaches, teammates and everyone who has helped me and supported me, this is for you too. Thank you also to all the writers who voted for me.”

Abreu is the principal White Sox MVP since Frank Thomas asserted the honor in 1993 and ’94. Dick Allen (1972) and Nellie Fox (1959) are the other White Sox MVPs.

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