Sporting News released their 2020 MLB awards today and two members of the Chicago White Sox organization received notable honors.
First up is Jose Abreu. Sporting News chose the Sox heavy-slugging first baseman as their 2020 Player of the Year.
While the South Side faithful awaits potential MVP honors for Abreu, this award is well-deserved. Here’s how the voting played out:
“In a survey of 180 MLB players, Abreu received 47 votes, making him the runaway winner. Indians pitcher Shane Bieber came in second, with 25 votes. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman rounded out the top three, with 20 votes. In all, 15 players received votes in the category.”– Sporting News 2020 MLB awards
Abreu posted a .317/.370/.617 slash line in addition to 19 home runs and 60 RBIs while playing in all 60 White Sox regular-season games in 2020. His booming offensive numbers helped stabilize the White Sox lineup and lead the team back to the postseason for the first time in 12 seasons.
Moving from the field to the front office, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn earned Executive of the Year honors from Sporting News.
Here is how the award was determined:
“Hahn received six of 18 votes from the panel of MLB executives, winning with a 33 percent plurality. Padres general manager A.J. Preller finished second with four votes while Dodgers president Andrew Friedman and Rays GM Erik Neander finished tied for third with three votes each. Marlins president Michael Hill and A’s GM David Forst also received votes.”– Sporting News 2020 MLB awards
After years of rebuilding, Hahn made pivotal acquisitions last offseason to help guide the White Sox into contending status. Some of those moves included signing free agents Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel and re-signing Jose Abreu. While other supplementary acquisitions may not have worked out as planned, all of the aforementioned names were key contributors in the White Sox putting together their first winning season in eight years. Hahn also helped set up the South Siders in the long-term by inking core players Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada to contract extensions ahead of the 2020 season.
While the White Sox 2020 campaign came to a disappointing early end, it’s nice to see the accomplishments they racked up along the way are not going unnoticed.