Chicago White Sox first-baseman Jose Abreu took home his second award of the offseason on Thursday after being named the 2020 American League Outstanding Player, an award voted on by his peers across the league. Abreu joins Frank Thomas (1993-94) and Jermaine Dye (2006) as the only White Sox players to win the award.
This honor follows Abreu being named the 2020 Sporting News Major League Baseball Player of the Year last week.
White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn was also named the 2020 Sporting News Executive of the Year last week, and five White Sox players (James McCann, Yasmani Grandal, Danny Mendick, Luis Robert, and Yoan Moncada) were named finalists for the 2020 American League Gold Glove Award on Thursday.
Abreu, 33, hit .317/.370/.617 (76-240) with 15 doubles, 19 home runs, 60 RBI, 148 total
bases, 34 extra-base hits and 21 multi hit efforts in 60 games this season, his seventh with the White Sox. He is looking to join Frank Thomas (1993-94), Dick Allen (1972) and Nellie Fox (1959) as the only Sox to win American League MVP honors. The only Cuban natives to be named AL MVP are Minnesota’s Zoilo Versalles (1965) and Oakland’s José Canseco (1988).
“I am honored to be recognized with this award as this is very special to me, my family and the White Sox organization,” said Abreu. “I want to thank God and everybody who voted for me. This award really means a lot to me and is humbling because it comes from my fellow players. I never think about awards and my goal is always to do the best I can to help my teammates and the Chicago White Sox, and of course to make my mom and family proud. To get this recognition is a surprise and one that make me feel very happy.”
The White Sox figure to continue to be a team with plenty of nominees for hardware during awards season after the team had a breakout year in 2020.
The BBWAA announced their awards schedule on Thursday afternoon — with nominees being announced on November 2 — which will likely include Abreu as a finalist for the 2020 American League MVP Award.
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