(New York) Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox was named American League Baseball MVP on Thursday.
The identity of the winner in the National League was to be revealed a little later.
Abreu helped the White Sox advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He led the Majors with 60 RBIs and the American with 76 hits. He played in each of the 60 games of the season cut short due to the pandemic.
The Cuban first-baseman received 21 of 30 first-place votes in a ballot with the Baseball Columnists Association of America.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez finished second, followed by New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu.
Abreu, 33, maintained an average of .317 and slammed 19 home runs. He had a 22-game streak with at least one hitting, the longest of its kind this season in the Majors.
Invited three times to the all-star game, Abreu also won the American rookie par excellence in 2014. He is the fourth White Sox player to be named MVP, after Frank Thomas (1993 and 1994), Dick Allen (1972) and Nellie Fox (1959). The prize has been awarded since 1931.