A Chicago White Sox player had not won an MVP since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 1994. A first baseman has not won an MVP since Joey Votto in 2010.
That changed with 33-year-old Jose Abreu. The White Sox had a breakthrough year, announcing their arrival back to prominence. At the forefront was 3x All-Star Abreu. In 60 games, Abreu hit 19 homeruns, drove in a league-leading 60 runs (his second consecutive RBI title), posting a league leading .617 SLG while hitting .317. He had a .987 OPS. His 148 Total Bases were the most in the AL, as were his 76 hits. He posted a 2.8 WAR.
He garnered 21 first place votes, as Jose Ramirez finished in second and DJ LeMahieu in third. Shane Bieber and Mike Trout rounded out the top five.
He is the fourth Southsider to take the honors home, as Thomas did it twice, Dick Allen in 1972 and Nellie Fox in 1959. The 2014 AL ROTY is now the 28th player to ever win a ROTY and MVP award.
Congratulations to Jose Abreu.