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Jose Abreu and Freddie Freeman Win 2020 American and National League MVP

Introduction

Now that the 2020 shortened Major League Baseball season has concluded the league has awarded the best players and managers for their excellence over the last year in one of America’s favorite past times. Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox won the Most Valuable Player Award in the American League, and Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves won the MVP award of the National League.

Jose Abreu

The clean up slugger for the Chicago White Sox, Jose Abreu, had a monumental baseball season at the plate in 2020. Not only did he put up incredible offensive numbers over the last several months, but he helped lead the Chicago White Sox to the MLB postseason for the first time in 12 years.

The big righty led Major League Baseball with 60 runs batted in and 148 total bases over the course of the shortened 2020 MLB season. Abreu led the American League in hits with 76 as well as slugging percentage by slugging .617. Jose finished the year with a batting average of .317, 19 home runs, and the longest hitting streak in the big leagues as he hit safely in 22 consecutive games. The power hitting Cuban is the best player on the young and talented Chicago White Sox ball club, and I’m sure he is looking forward to making some more deep playoff runs in the future with the Chicago Southsiders.

2020 American League MVP Award Voting Results

PLAYER 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH 7TH 8TH 9TH 10TH TOTAL
José Abreu, Chicago White Sox 21 8 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 374
José Ramírez, Cleveland Indians 8 17 3 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 303
DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees 1 5 15 3 2 3 -- 1 -- -- 230
Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians -- -- 4 10 9 1 2 1 -- 1 173
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels -- -- 4 10 2 7 3 3 1 -- 172
Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins -- -- 1 -- 6 6 7 8 1 -- 128
Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox -- -- 1 3 3 8 5 2 4 4 125
Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays -- -- -- 1 7 -- 3 9 7 2 104
Luke Voit, New York Yankees -- -- -- 1 -- 3 8 4 8 3 85
Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels -- -- 1 -- -- 2 2 1 4 5 42

Freddie Freeman

The first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, Freddie Freeman, was the winner of the MVP award for the National League in 2020. The long and lean power hitter originally from Orange County, California bats lefty, but fields and throws right handed. He had an amazing season this past year and he helped lead his young and dangerous team to a single win away from the World Series in 2020.

Throughout the 2020 Major League Baseball season, Freeman batted .341, he blasted 13 home runs, and scored runs with his 53 total RBI’s. Freddie led the big leagues with 23 doubles as well as 51 total runs. Currently Freeman only has one year remaining on his eight year $135,000,000 contract with the Atlanta Braves which will make him an unrestricted free agent following the 2021 MLB season. Look for the Braves to extend his agreement to keep him in Atlanta for the upcoming several years as the Atlanta Braves are extremely close to winning a World Series soon as long as they remain healthy and keep their core roster intact.

2020 National League MVP Award Voting Results

PLAYER 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH 7TH 8TH 9TH 10TH TOTAL
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves 28 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 410
Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers 2 21 5 -- 1 1 -- -- -- -- 268
Manny Machado, San Diego Padres -- 2 16 7 2 2 1 -- -- -- 221
Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres -- 2 5 14 5 2 1 -- -- 1 201
Juan Soto, Washington Nationals -- 3 2 5 10 4 2 2 -- -- 172
Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves -- -- 2 1 11 14 2 -- -- -- 167
Trea Turner, Washington Nationals -- -- -- 2 -- 1 6 8 6 4 83
Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco Giants -- -- -- 1 -- 3 8 6 3 3 81
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers -- -- -- -- -- 3 2 3 4 3 43
Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds -- -- -- -- 1 -- 3 2 2 4 32

Media Statements

"That was a very special moment,'' Abreu relayed through his interpreter.

"Keep pushing forward, keep moving forward,'' Abreu said.

"It wasn't the way I wanted to start, with COVID," the Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman explained. "I was able to beat it."

"Please don't take me," says Freeman.

"It impacted me pretty hard," Freeman expressed.

"It's just time. It really is time for the name to be removed," Freeman proclaimed.

“Landis' legacy is always a complicated story that includes documented racism," the official MLB historian John Thorn stated.

Sources:

“Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu wins AL MVP award”, espn.com, November 12, 2020.

“Braves' Freddie Freeman beats out Mookie Betts, Manny Machado for NL MVP award”, espn.com, November 12, 2020.

“Jose Abreu”, baseball-reference.com, November 19, 2020.

“Freddie Freeman”, baseball-reference.com, November 19, 2020.

“Chicago White Sox Team History & Encyclopedia”, baseball-reference.com, November 19, 2020.

“Atlanta Braves Team History & Encyclopedia”, baseball-reference.com, November 19, 2020.


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