José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox was named American League MVP on Thursday. On the NHL side, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freedie Freeman grabbed the honor.
The 33-year-old Abreu is only the third player of Cuban descent to claim the MVP after Zoilo Versalles, in 1965, and Jose Canseco, in 1988. He is also the first White Sox player to win the title. achieve this honor since Frank Thomas in 1994.
Abreu led the AHL for a second straight season in RBI with 60 in 60 games. The first baseman was also second in majors for home runs at 19 and fourth in the American for batting average at .317.
DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees and José Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians were the other finalists for the MVP in the American.
LeMahieu led the major leagues with a .364 batting average, who put the ball safe 71 on 195 occasions. He is the only modern-day player to win the title of top hitter in both leagues, having dominated the National with the Colorado Rockies in 2016.
For his part, Ramirez was in his third nomination in four years for the title. He was, however, the first Indians player since Al Rosen in 1953 to be a finalist. Ramirez has been his team’s leading hitter this season with a batting average of .292, 17 homers and 46 RBIs in 58 games.
In the Nationale, it was Freddie Freeman who earned the honor. The Braves first baseman led the domestic league with 51 points scored and was second with a .341 batting average and .462 cushion average.
Having missed much of training camp due to a COVID-19 infection, Freeman had a slower start to the season, but finished a lion with an average of .384 from August 9 to the end of the regular season.
Freeman was nominated along with Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres.
In his first year with the Dodgers, Betts helped the squad win their first World Series title since 1988. He was looking to become the second player to earn the MVP in both leagues, after he had won it. already won in the American with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Frank Robinson is the only player to have accomplished the feat to date.
Betts have ranked among the Nation’s best in hits (64), runs (47), stolen goals (10) and homers (16). He maintained a .439 batting average with runners in scoring position, the majors’ third best mark.
As for Machado, he helped the Padres advance to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. He maintained a career-high .304 batting average. He also slammed 16 home runs, good for third place in the National. He was particularly effective in August, notably hitting two grand slams.