White Sox’s José Abreu wins 2020 AL MVP

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu has been named the 2020 American League MVP. He is the 10th former American League Rookie of the Year to win the MVP.

Another first baseman, Freddie Freeman, won the 2020 National League MVP.

Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu hits a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates
José Abreu hits a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates (Photo by the Chicago White Sox/Instagram)

Abreu previously won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014. Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 are the only players to win both awards in one season.

Related: Shane Bieber wins 2020 American League Cy Young Award

This is the fifth time a member of the White Sox organization has won the AL MVP. He joins Nellie Fox in 1959, Dick Allen in 1972, and Frank Thomas in 1993 and 1993.

“That was a very special moment,’’ he said through an interpreter.

Abreu is the first American League MVP first-baseman since Justin Morneau in 2006. Besides Thomas and Abreu, Rod Carew, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Lou Gehrig, Boog Powell, Don Mattingly, Mo Vaughn, and Jason Giambi also were first baseman that won the award.

Related: Trevor Bauer wins the 2020 NL Cy Young Award

He received 21 of the 30 first-place votes. Abreu also received eight second-place votes and one third-place vote for 374 points.

Cleveland Indians third baseman José Ramírez received eight first-place votes. New York Yankees infielder D.J. LeMahieu also received one first-place vote.

Ramírez also received 17 second-place votes and three third-place votes. He also received two fourth-place votes for 303 points.

Related: Marlins’ Don Mattingly named 2020 NL Manager of the Year

LeMahieu added five second-place votes in addition to the one first-place vote. He also had 15 third-place votes with three fourth-place votes.

The soon-to-be free agent also received two fifth-place votes, three sixth-place votes and one eighth-place vote for 230 points.

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