6 stats for Abreu’s 6 sea­sons

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BULLS AND BLACKHAWKS / WHITE SOX - By LaMond Pope

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.

4

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.

5

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.

30

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).

319

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.

901

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.

1,038

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.

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