Jose Abreu wins second Silver Slugger Award

NBC Sports Chicago

Jose Abreu wins second Silver Slugger Award originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

Jose Abreu may have had the worst of his five years with the White Sox, but he still won the Silver Slugger award at first base.

Abreu has now won Silver Slugger twice, adding to his 2014 award.


This season the 31-year-old hit .265/.325/.473 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs in 128 games. His home run and RBI totals suffered from him playing just six games after Aug. 20 due to injury. Even on top of that, Abreu had the lowest batting average and on-base percentage of his career.

Despite that, his numbers compared well enough to other AL first baseman this season. His .798 OPS was fourth at the position, but only 18 points off C.J. Cron's .816.

Last season Abreu led AL first basemen with a .906 OPS and was towards the top in a number of categories, but Eric Hosmer won the award. In 2015 and 2016 Miguel Cabrera was the clear cut winner for the award, as was Abreu in his rookie season in 2014.

So Abreu had a down year by his lofty standards, but this can make up for having great seasons and not being awarded for it in the past.

Abreu joins Carlton Fisk (1981, 1985, 1988), Frank Thomas (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000), Magglio Ordoñez (2000, 2002) and Alexei Ramírez (2010, 2014) as the only players in club history to win multiple Silver Sluggers.

 

What to Read Next