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Jose Abreu wins 2020 AL MVP Award

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
Noah Ferguson | 15 November, 2020, 02:00

In the American League, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu took home the honors, receiving 21-of-30 first-place votes to pull ahead of Cleveland's Jose Ramirez and Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu in the final balloting (full voting resultshere). He batted.317 with 19 home runs and helped lead Chicago to its first playoff berth in 12 years. His 76 hits, 60 RBIs, and.617 slugging percentage led the league.

Bringing back the 33-year-old Abreu for another season was a huge step for this franchise, not only for his play on the field but what he brings to the team in terms of leadership as well.

Freddie Freeman has been one of baseball's elite players for the better part of a decade, but not until Thursday was it proclaimed to a national audience that the Braves' first baseman was more valuable for a season - the 2020 season - than anyone else in the NL.

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

Freeman, meantime, received 28 first-place votes, winning in a landslide over Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts - who fell short in his quest to add a second MVP award to the one he won for Boston in 2018 and thus join Frank Robinson as the only players to win the award in both leagues.

"Keep pushing forward, keep moving forward, " Abreu said.

Abreu is the third Cuban-born player to be named MVP, joining Jose Canseco (1988) and Zoilo Versalles (1965). Freeman became the first Braves player to win the MVP since Chipper Jones, whom Freeman considers a mentor, in 1999. However his September flood estimated facing any year - 10 homers, a.366 normal and a 1.294 OPS that lifted the Indians out of the dejection and into nine successes in their last 11 games to guarantee the AL Central title.

The last first baseman to win the AL MVP award was Justin Morneau in 2006.

AL Cy Young Award victor Shane Bieber of Cleveland was fourth and Angels outfielder Mike Trout was fifth.

LeMahieu led the majors with a.364 batting average. In previous seasons, he had finished first three times, second four times and fourth once.

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