Jose Abreu's achievements multiplying fast
April, 27, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu’s accomplishments -- both significant and obscure -- continue to grow by the day as the rookie takes Major League Baseball by storm.
On Sunday it was just another ho-hum four-RBI day that included a home run and a slew of milestones. Sunday’s achievements of note:
Abreu extended his MLB rookie home run record for March/April with his 10th.
Abreu’s 10 home runs are the most by a Chicago White Sox rookie in any month.
Jerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsWhite Sox rookie Jose Abreu has been absolutely off the charts in March and April.
The 10 home runs in March/April are the most for a White Sox player since Paul Konerko had 11 in 2001. Jim Thome hit 10 in 2006.
Abreu’s 31 RBIs set an MLB rookie record for March/April, as he broke out of a tie for the top spot with Albert Pujols.
Abreu's 31 RBIs are a franchise record for the opening month, topping Konerko’s mark of 28 in 2002.
Abreu tied Zeke Bonura’s mark for most home runs through the first 26 games of his career. Bonura did it in 1934.
Abreu’s 31 RBIs are the most by a White Sox player in their first 26 games, and are the most by a White Sox player in any month since Frank Thomas had 31 in August 2003.
Abreu became the first player in MLB history to have four games with four or more RBIs in his first 26 games.
With three more games remaining this month -- all at home -- the list can only grow.
“You know I go to the field to play baseball, help the team,” Abreu said through an interpreter after the game. “I really don’t go looking for records, but they’re definitely welcome. That’s not something that I go looking for, but it’s a nice thing to think about.”
Abreu has said he isn’t a big fan of the cold April conditions, yet it’s hard to imagine him being even more productive when the summer finally arrives.
“He’s good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I think he likes to hit with guys on base. I think the last few home games haven’t been ideal conditions. Even today is a little windy and cold, but he’s just a good hitter. When he hits it on the barrel, it can get out of any park. I don’t think it was necessarily carrying to left field but he has enough power to get it out of here.”
What has convinced the White Sox that Abreu will continue to flourish is his ability to make adjustments on the fly.
“He's up there with anybody in the league in being able to do that,” Ventura said. “I think his first go-around, pitchers probably have more of a report on him than he does of actually seeing pitchers. He's making adjustments and doing it between at-bats, between pitches. Everything has kind of been an adjustment for him. He just continues to impress.”