White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has officially been in the league a month and he has broken a number of records both White Sox franchise records as well as overall MLB records. These include most home runs and RBI in a single month as well as just in the month of April alone and more. Some may seem a little obscure but he’s broken them none the less.
Starting with the most significant ones, Abreu entered Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays tied with the 500 home run club’s newest member, Albert Pujols, for the most RBI by a rookie in the month of April with 27. Pujols had held the record since his rookie year in 2001. Abreu already held the home run record for a rookie in the month of April with 9. In Sunday’s game Abreu singled and went yard, for the tenth time, collecting four RBI which gave him a total of 31 with three games left to play in the month.
Abreu is one of only two rookie players to, in any month of the season, collect at least ten home runs and 30 RBI. Only one other person to do it is a name you would not recognize. It was a 23-year old outfielder for the Chicago Cubs named Vince Barton in 1931. Abreu stands alone as the only player in MLB history to have four, four-RBI games in their first 26 games.
He has broken many famous White Sox player’s franchise records as well. Names like Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko are on the list of stars whose records Abreu has surpassed. His ten home runs this month are the most ever by a rookie and the most by any player on the White Sox since Konerko 11 in April of 2010. His 31 RBI are the most for any White Sox player in any month since Frank Thomas hit 31 in August 2003. It is also a franchise record for the month of April surpassing Paul Konerko’s previous record of 28. The franchise record for RBI in a single month is held by Harold Baines with 36 which he accomplished in June of 1987. Robin Ventura, the White Sox current manager, drove in 33 runs in July 1991 but not one of the aforementioned stars was a rookie at the time.
It’s only been a month that the 27-year old Cuban outfielder has been playing Major League Baseball but if this month is any indication he may be destined for great things. He has also said in the past that he prefers to play in the warmer months making one wonder what could possibly be ahead for Abreu and the fans this summer. The rookie is taking all the record-breaking moments in stride saying through an interpreter,
“You know I go to the field to play baseball, help the team. I really don’t go looking for records, but they’re definitely welcome. That’s not something that I go looking for, but it’s a nice thing to think about.”
Since Sunday Abreu has added another RBI to his total, his home run count still stands at 10 and he still has one game left to play in the month. At the rate he has been going Abreu could easily add to both of those totals in tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers.