(670 The Score) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was named the American League’s Outstanding Player in a vote by his peers in the Players Choice Awards.
Abreu, 33, hit .317 with 19 homers, 60 RBIs and a .987 OPS in 60 games. He led the American League in hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases while tying for the lead in WAR. Abreu became just the fourth player in MLB history to lead the AL in hits and RBIs, joining Jim Rice (1979), Carl Yastrzemski (1967) and Lou Gehrig (1931).
“It is always special to be recognized by my fellow players across the league,” Abreu said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me and appreciates my respect for the game. But as I have said, my ultimate goal remains to help win a championship for the Chicago White Sox. That would be my greatest accomplishment and one that would make my family the proudest.”
Abreu could have more hardware coming soon in his future. The MVP award winners – as voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America – will be revealed on Nov. 12.