Jose Abreu's No. 79 is a hot seller

May, 7, 2014
May 7
6:05
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO – Jose Abreu is so hot right now that he is surging into top-10 categories that don’t have anything to do with offense.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastJose Abreu's No. 79 jersey sales are rising as fast as his numbers.
The American League’s reigning player of the month and rookie of the month now is in the top 10 of jersey sales at Fanatics.com, according to the Crain’s Chicago Business website. Sales of his No. 79 jersey have risen 200 percent, according to Crain’s, since he delivered a record-setting April.

For manager Robin Ventura, it reminds him of when former teammate Frank Thomas burst upon the scene in 1990 and nearly won an MVP award a year later.

“It’s fun for us to have a guy like him that nobody knew about last year,” Ventura said. “It makes it fun for us and being around him, he’s just a good person. He’s a humble kid and he’s a great team person.

“For our guys, you root for him and you’re happy for all of these accolades he’s getting. It’s not going to change him. He’s such a good team person, and you like to see stuff like this happen to people like him.”

Abreu's 10 home runs and 32 RBIs before May 1 were major league rookie records. His 19 extra-base hits and 71 total bases over the first month also were rookie records.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Conor Gillaspie
BA HR RBI R
.306 5 46 46
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 32
RBIJ. Abreu 90
RJ. Abreu 66
OPSJ. Abreu .955
WC. Sale 10
ERAC. Sale 2.12
SOC. Sale 158