6 stats for Abreu’s 6 seasons
The White Sox announced Jose Abreu’s return for 2020 with a tweet that featured a photo of the slugger and the words “He’s back.”
The three-time All-Star first baseman accepted a one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer Thursday. According to reports, a two- or three-year deal between Abreu and the Sox remains possible. Abreu made $16 million in 2019.
Abreu had a .284/.330/.503 slash line in 2019, led the team with 38 doubles and 33 home runs and led the American League with 123 RBIs. He also had a career-high 152 strikeouts. His weighted runs created-plus (wRC+) — which estimates a player’s offensive contribution in terms of total runs and adjusts that number to account for external factors such as ballpark and era — was 117.
Here are six more numbers that highlight Abreu’s first six seasons with the Sox.
For the fourth time in his career, Abreu led the Sox in home runs with 33.
He hit 36 in 2014, a franchise record for a rookie, and has hit at least 30 home runs in four seasons. He’s the fourth Sox player with at least four 30homer/100-RBI seasons, joining Frank Thomas (eight), Paul Konerko (five) and Magglio Ordonez (four).
Abreu is sixth on the team’s all-time list with 179 home runs eight away from tying Ordonez (187) for fifth.
Abreu has five seasons with at least 100 RBIs, third in franchise history behind Thomas (10) and Konerko (six). His 100th RBI of 2019 came Aug. 25 against the Rangers.
With 123 RBIs in 2019, Abreu became only the second Sox player to lead the AL in the category. Dick Allen drove in 113 in 1972.
“It’s just the work, the result of the daily work,” Abreu said Sept. 29 of the accomplishment through an interpreter. “Working hard every day, having the support of all my teammates. It’s really comforting just to have that.”
Abreu has led the White Sox in RBIs in each of his six seasons and has 611 career RBIs, which ranks 13th on the team’s all-time list.
Abreu has had at least 30 doubles in each of his six seasons. His final hit of 2019 was a sixth-inning double in the season finale Sept. 29 against the Tigers. It was his 38th double of the season.
Abreu is 17th on the Sox career doubles list (218).
Abreu led the Sox with 319 total bases. It was the fourth time he has had at least 300 in a season, tied with Konerko for third in Sox history.
Abreu is 15th on the team’s all-time list with 1,821 total bases.
Abreu has played in 901 games, 37th on the Sox all-time list. He has played at least 154 games in four seasons and led the team with 159 games in 2019. He played in fewer than 130 games only once, in 2018.
That type of stability doesn’t go unnoticed.
“He’s the ultimate pro,” Sox bench coach Joe McEwing said Sept. 9. “Every day he shows up to the ballpark, brings his lunch pail and goes about his business the right way.”
Abreu needs 99 more games to become the 29th Sox player to reach 1,000.
Abreu has 1,038 career hits, 25th on the team’s all-time list.
He collected his 1,000th hit Aug. 24 against the Rangers with a single to right field in the first inning.
Abreu finished seventh in the AL with 180 hits in 2019. He has led the Sox in the category in five of his six seasons.