In only 66 games, he hit.453/.597/.986 with 79 runs, 93 RBI, and 33 home runs. Despite missing 23 games due to shoulder bursitis, he eclipsed Despaigne's home run record (as did Yoenis Cespedes, who hit his 33rd on the final day of the season). Abreu is also expected to be a strong candidate for the AL MVP Award this year.
Abreu first broke out in 2015 when he was with Chicago-style Cubs team Los Angeles Angels. In 471 plate appearances, he hit.293 with 30 homers and 102 RBI. The following year, he joined new Cuban team Havana Sugar Kings and had another excellent season hitting.429 with 1 hr, 34 RBI in 75 games. In 2017, he finished with 36 homers and 99 RBI in 472 PA while batting.438 in the World Baseball Classic - the highest average of any player who participated.
He came over to the US in an agreement signed by the two countries in January 2016. He was granted a visa that allowed him to play in the major leagues once his contract with the Sugar Kings expired. His salary was reported to be $3 million per year.
Jose Abreu made his debut on April 11, 2016 against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. He had three hits in that game including a home run. He ended up playing in 76 games that season batting.273 with 26 homers and 81 RBI.
Due to two injuries in the second half, he played in 128 games, the fewest of his career... failed to achieve 25 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time in his career... finished with 29 homers and 99 RBI.
He returned to the majors after being absent for two seasons because of shoulder surgery and a leg injury. He was able to play at a high level again until late June when he suffered another leg injury this time against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The injury required surgery and put him out for the rest of the season. He finished with 129 games played, 32 homers and 99 RBI.
Abreu got off to a slow start this year but finished strong with a.283 average, 26 homers and 92 RBI over the last half of the season. He will be 34 years old next month and is currently playing for the Chicago White Sox. He has not yet announced if he will retire or continue playing in 2017.
He hit.279 with 3,055 hits, 297 home runs, and 1,115 RBI, setting records for lead-off home runs (81) and unintentional walks (1,115). (2,129). He was a ten-time all-star and the 1990 American League MVP, and he led the league in thefts 12 times. Henderson's career batting average is.272.
Henderson's final season was cut short when he broke into tears while talking about his love for baseball before a game at Oakland Athletics Stadium. The Atlanta Braves were facing off against the A's when Henderson came to the plate with two outs and none scored in the ninth inning. After hitting a ball deep into left field, Henderson turned around and saw that the crowd had gathered behind the outfield wall to watch him break Henry Aaron's record. "I knew when I saw them there watching me that I probably didn't have much time left," said Henderson. "So I wanted to say something special before I went out." At the end of his speech, Henderson broke down in tears as he thanked everyone who had supported him during his career.
Henderson finished his remarkable career with 2,992 hits, 297 homers, and 1,115 RBI, making him one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. His.272 average remains the highest by a leadoff hitter. He also ranks fifth all-time in hits per game with an average of.300.