How Jose Abreu won American League MVP

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The American League MVP race in the shortened 60-game 2020 season came down to a pair of sluggers named Jose from the AL Central (and third-place finisher DJ LeMahieu). Here’s why Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu edged Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez for the AL’s top individual honor.

The number that says it best

60. RBIs might not carry as much weight with MVP voters as they once did, but Abreu’s 60 runs batted in during a 60-game season demonstrates the kind of impact he had in the middle of Chicago’s potent lineup — the most RBIs in a team’s first 60 games of a season since Miguel Cabrera drove in 67 in 2013.

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Abreu’s MVP is something of an old-school victory as he paced the AL in RBIs and finished second in home runs and fourth in batting average, while Ramirez led the American League in WAR (3.4 to Abreu’s 2.6, according to Fangraphs’ formula) by a healthy margin. But for those who scoff at Triple Crown numbers, Abreu’s Win Probability Added was also the highest of the three AL finalists.

A deeper dive

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