The White Sox spent all of August mashing the baseball, and MLB took notice, with two Sox hitters earning monthly awards.
First Baseman Jose Abreu took home the AL Player of the Month award for July/August by hitting .330 with 11 homers and a slugging percentage of .687. He highlighted the month with six homers during the three-game Crosstown series, four of those in consecutive at-bats. It’s his third AL Player of the Month award, and it has vaulted him into the AL MVP conversation, but he could have some votes taken away by one of his teammates who also earned some league-wide recognition Wednesday.
Rookie center fielder Luis Robert nabbed the AL Rookie of the Month award with a similar barrage of homers and extra-base hits. All he did was slash .298/.356/.660 with nine homers, seven doubles, three stolen bases and 20 RBI. For a young player to enter the league with as much hype as Robert did, he lived up to it, showcasing all the tools that had Eloy Jimenez (the last Sox player to earn a Rookie of the Month award) saying in Spring Training that Robert looks like the next Mike Trout. High praise for the rookie CF.
Both men stressed that these individual awards were representative of the team’s overall success. Abreu sets goals for the season ahead of time, and he noted on Wednesday that one of those goals was to help Robert earn as many accolades as he could.
Robert has checked off one of those. He’s the leader in the clubhouse for AL Rookie of the Year, and you have to figure that if Abreu doesn’t win MVP this year, he’d want Robert to take it home, and given his humble nature, he may prefer it that way.
One thing is for sure: both would trade all of those individual award for one thing: A World Series ring.