1B Jose Abreu, LF Eloy Jimenez, and SS Tim Anderson were awarded Louisville Silver Slugger Awards for their respective positions. The White Sox were the only AL team with multiple Silver Sluggers. All three players had outstanding seasons and were very deserving of the award.
AL MVP candidate Jose Abreu achieves his third Silver Slugger award. Pito slashed .317/.370/.617 with a 166 OPS+, 15 2Bs, 19 HRs, and 60 RBIs. He also displayed solid offensive metrics throughout the 2020 season.
Abreu played all 60 games in the shortened season and was a steady fixture batting in the middle of the Sox lineup card.
24-year-old Eloy Jimenez became the youngest in franchise history to win the award and the second Dominican-born White Sox player to receive the award since Julio Franco in 1994. The Big Baby slashed .296/.332/.559 with a 140 OPS+, 14 2Bs, 14 HRs, and 41 RBIs. His peripherals were similar to Abreu’s throughout the 2020 season.
Jimenez built off his stellar September in 2019 where he slashed .340/.383/.710 with an impressive 55 game sample in 2020.
2019 Batting Champ Tim Anderson joins Alexei Ramirez as the only shortstop in White Sox history to win the Silver Slugger. TA7 slashed .322/.357/.529 with a 141 OPS+, 18 2B, 13 HRs and 40 RBIs. Tim also destroyed LHPs with a batting average of .449 in 49 plate appearances. Although Anderson isn’t a power hitter compared to Abreu or Jimenez looking at his metrics, he still had a very solid year in the abbreviated season.
Despite missing 11 games due to a groin injury early in the season, Anderson was figuratively speaking “the straw that stirs the drink” at the top of the Sox lineup card in 2020.
After Jose heard the news about him and his two teammates winning the award he commented the following quote:
Based on Abreu’s reaction you can literally tell why he said in 2019 ” If the White Sox don’t sign me, I will sign myself here”. Abreu wanted to continue his career around the budding talent of the White Sox. The trio along with Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, and Luis Robert will continue to be a force at 35th and Shields in the coming years.
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