Jose Abreu is a right-handed slave in the American League, and Freddie Freeman is a left-handed slave in the National League. Otherwise, both can be the same player.
Both play first base and have made three All-Star teams since 2014, when Abreu joined the Chicago White Sox after withdrawing from Cuba. Both have played for only one major league team – Freeman for the Atlanta Braves – but never reached the World Series. Both live in the same statistical neighborhood: Abreau has a .294 career average and an .870 on-base plus slugging percentage, Freeman is .295 and .892.
“He’s what I try to do is a man you can trust and never have to worry about – and Jose Abreu is the guy for the White Sox,” Freeman said on Thursday . “You want to work as a big league player, which has been happening continuously, and has been consistent since the day he came to the big leagues. The ultimate run maker. The year he was is absolutely incredible. . “
Freeman was similarly dominant, and will now be associated with Abreu in history as the most valuable players of the 2020 season. Abreu took 21 of 30 first-place finishes from the Baseball Writers Association of America in the totals announced on Thursday, while Freeman collected 28 of 30.
Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished as runner-up in the American League, with Yankees’ DJ Lehmahu finishing third. In NL, Mukki Bates of the Los Angeles Dodgers was second and Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres was third.
The previous high in award voting for both Averu and Freeman was fourth, and they are ahead of most winners’ age. 33-year-old Aberu and 31-year-old Freeman became the first players, more than 30 since the Yankees’ Alex Rodrigues in 2007, on the opening day of their MVP season.
Naturally, a season that was only designed for 60 games, as coronoviruses could take a less physiological toll than a normal time.
“It looks like 60 games has gone 162,” Freeman said in October, as the Braves marched in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series before losing to the Dodgers. “But it’s all worth it.”
Freeman had particularly acute challenges due to his battle with cormanaviruses. He tested positive on July 3 after experiencing full body aches and fever, which stretched to 104.5 degrees.
“I prayed a little that night; I have never warmed like this before, ”Freeman later told reporters. “My body was really hot. So I said, ‘Please don’t take me.’ I was not ready. “
Freeman Bahadur came back in time as the opener on July 24, but regained his strength as he struggled. Through 13 games, he was hitting 901.
“I was just too tired,” Freeman said on Thursday. “This wind took me to walk to the other side of the house.”
Freeman said he was careful to conserve his energy and instead of practicing on the field for more than half of the season, he was already inside most of the game. He said that feeling strong and hydrated at the time of the game helped him to play better than before.
“Initially, I would close the bag holding a runner, and I used to get tired,” Freeman said. “So save me your bullets and save how I felt.” I tried to stay away from batting practice, as we started in late July, and the Atlanta game was quite hot in late July. “
Freeman wound up with a career high (average .341), on-base percentage (.462) and slagging percentage (.640), while hitting 13 homers, driving in 53 runs and runs (51) and razors in doubles. Led. 23).
Abreau had the best season since 2014, when he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award after acting in Cuba. He played all 60 games (like Freeman), and batted. In 1917 with 19 homers, batting a major league-high 60 runs and a career-best .87 OPS Abreu led the majors in total bases (148) and led the AL. In slugging (.617) and hits (76).
Emotions came out of Abreau after the announcement on MLB Network. He bowed his head for a minute or two, spluttered, and punched himself as well. He said the award honored his mother, Daisy Corey, who asked him to choose an unusual uniform number in Cuba so that he would stand out.
“That’s why I do every single thing every day, and she is my inspiration,” Abreu said through the interpreter. “I respect who she is.” It is for her, that I am who I am. “
Abreu led the White Sox to a 35-25 record and their first playoff berth in 12 years. But they lost in the first round to the Oakland Athletics’ best three and fired manager Rick Renteria, replacing him with Hall of Fame Tony La Russa, 76. The team is reportedly stuck with La Russa despite revelations that he was arrested. Charged with driving under the influence in February and Arizona.
“I can’t question if I’m the right person for this Tony’s club or not; Abreu said, this is not my phone. “What I can say is that Ricky was a great manager, he was a great person, he helped me a lot, and I was very honored to be part of a team that he managed. At the same time, I am really excited to have a chance to play for a manager like Tony Larussa. I think we’ll have to wait and see how it happens. “
Abreu and Freeman became the first winners of the MVP awards as baseball writers removed the name Kenessa Mountain Landis from the trophy. Landis was the first commissioner of Major League Baseball, from 1920 to 1944, and retained the infamous color barrier.
Previous winners – including Barry Larkin, Terry Pendleton and Mike Schmidt – supported the idea of removing Landis from the award, and the authors then voted to do so. For now, the MVP has no name, but Freeman offered an idea.
“It’s really time to remove the name from the MVP trophy,” Freeman said of Landis. “I’m trying to reflect on the final two of those days, which would be a big name to put on that, and the guy who won the MVP in the ALP and NL, Frank Robinson, I think would be the right name to be the MVP. On the trophy. “