Saturday, October 4, 2014

Jose Abreu First Year with the White Sox

Jose Abreu found a new home in Chicago playing for the White Sox this year.  His April performance was a firecracker start to his MLB career--knocking out 10 home runs and accumulating 32 RBIs.  Manager Robin Ventura suggested at the time that those around the club keep their expectations in check--it's was early in the season.  Now that the season is over, let's take a quick look at Abreu's stats for the year.  Abreau lost some playing time this season with tendinitis in his left ankle, but still saw plenty of action.

Jose Abreu's Stats:

He played in 145 games with 556 at bats,  80 runs scored, 176 hits, 107 RBIs, a .317 batting average, .383 on base percentage, and a  .581 slugging percentage.  He hit 36 home runs.

Importance to the White Sox 

Fans found it a very interesting season with Abreu around, and he'll be even more important next year with Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, and Gordon Beckam gone.  All three former Sox stars had disappointing years. 

Beckham still has several years remaining in his career and a change of venue might be just what he needs to correct some technical difficulties in his game.  

Konerko has retired as one of the most beloved Sox of all time.  He played for 18 years, 16 for the White Sox.  

Dunn's first year with the Sox was one of the most painful in memory in 2011.  He came back and played well in 2012 and 2013, but he was having a sub-par year in 2014 when he was traded to Oakland.  Dunn has had 14 years in the big leagues.  He has retired now that Oakland's season is over. 

Abreu defected from Cuba last fall after playing several years of professional ball there. The 27 year old rookie joins three other Cuban players on the White Sox:  Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, and Adrian Nieto. Teammates are getting to know Abreu and it seems like everyone likes the young man, his work ethic, and his humility. 

The White Sox are paying $68 Million for the first baseman/designator hitter's services for six years.  Many baseball writers and reporters are calling that a deal.   

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