(670 The Score) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and general manager Rick Hahn received lofty honors from the Sporting News on Thursday.
Abreu was chosen as the outlet’s MLB Player of the Year, while Hahn was named its Executive of the Year. The honors came after the White Sox had a breakout season in which they went 35-25 before being eliminated by the Athletics in the wild-card round.
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.
He joined Early Wynn (1959) and Frank Thomas (1993) as the only White Sox players to be named the MLB Player of the Year by the Sporting News.
“I am honored to be recognized with this award as this is very special to me, my family and the White Sox organization,” Abreu said in a statement. “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.”
Hahn joined Roland Hemond (1972) and Bill Veeck (1977) as the only White Sox executive to win this honor from the Sporting News, which dates back to 1936.
Hahn played the leading role in signing left-hander Dallas Keuchel and catcher Yasmani Grandal last winter, a pair of additions that helped spark the White Sox and fortify their roster around a talented young core.
“I am humbled by this honor -- both because of the list of previous winners but also due to the absence of the names of so many of my co-workers who should join my name on this year’s award,” Hahn said in a statement. “I view this award as recognition of excellent work by many across the entire White Sox organization to set us up for a bright future. We don’t win this award without what Kenny Williams has meant to this organization for the past three decades nor without the tireless work and dedication of our scouts, player development personnel, coaches, clubhouse staff and front office personnel to whom I am indebted.”