CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu has been named American League Player of the Week for the period of August 17-23, his fifth career weekly honor.
Abreu, 33, batted .533/.563/1.333 (16-30) with three doubles, seven home runs, 15 RBI and nine runs scored over seven games as the White Sox went 6-1. He is the second player in White Sox history to hit .500 or better with at least seven homers and 15 RBI over a seven-game span, joining Albert Belle, who hit .517 with eight and 17 from July 10-15, 1998.
Abreu became the sixth player in Sox history to record back-to-back multihomer games when he hit two on Friday at the Cubs and a career-high three on Saturday, all in the sixth inning or later. He homered for a franchise-record fourth consecutive plate appearance yesterday against the Cubs.
Abreu’s five homers over a two-game span are a new franchise record, and he became the fifth player since 1913 to hit six home runs in a three-game series, joining Hee-Seop Choi (2005), Shawn Green (2002), Alex Rodríguez (2002) and Barry Bonds (2001). During the week, he moved past Magglio Ordóñez (187) into fifth place in White Sox history with 190 homers.
Abreu, who led the major leagues with 123 RBI in 2019, is hitting .322/.365/.669 (38-118) with eight doubles, 11 home runs, 28 RBI and 22 runs scored over 29 games this season. He leads the AL in homers, RBI and total bases (79) and ranks among the leaders in extra-base hits (3rd, 19), slugging percentage (4th), runs scored (T4th), average (5th) and OPS (6th, 1.035).
Abreu also has been named AL Player of the Week for May 22-28, 2017, September 14-20, 2015, July 28-August 3, 2015 and April 21-27, 2014. Outfielder Eloy Jiménez (Sept. 9-15, 2019) and right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito (May 27-June 2, 2019) are the most recent Sox players to win the award.