White Sox star Jose Abreu on MVP honors: 'This is an award for all my teammates'

"My teammates made this possible," Abreu says.
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By 670 The Score

(670 The Score) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was overcome with emotion Thursday evening upon learning he was named the American League Most Valuable Player. It was because he viewed this individual honor as something to share.

Abreu was surrounded by family as he learned of the MVP recognition, breaking down during a television interview on MLB Network. He has since been thrilled to let those around him bask in the accomplishment. Abreu sees the MVP award as a team honor, as he told the Laurence Holmes Show during an interview Friday afternoon on 670 The Score.

"This is a reward for all the team because I didn't do this for myself,” Abreu said. “I did this because my teammates made this possible.

“This is not a Jose Abreu MVP. This is a White Sox MVP. This is an award for all my teammates."

Abreu, 33, edged out Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez in the AL voting. Abreu hit .317 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs over this 60-game season in 2020.

Abreu signed a three-year, $50-million contract with the White Sox last November that kept him with the organization that signed him out of Cuba prior to the 2014 season. There would've been opportunities for Abreu to depart for another team, but he didn’t want to leave the White Sox.

"Because I'm loyal,” Abreu said. “Loyalty means a lot to me. Loyalty is a divine value that not many have the luxury to have. I'm a loyal person."

After the White Sox reached the postseason in 2020 for the first time in 12 years, Abreu said the goal is to continue winning next season. He spoke Thursday with embattled new manager Tony La Russa -- who was charged in late October with driving under the influence -- and offered his support.

"I welcomed him and told him that I'm excited to get to know him and see what the future has for us,” Abreu said.

Abreu is the White Sox’s first MVP since Frank Thomas won the award in consecutive seasons in 1993-’94.