Because the baseball season in Cuba is only 90 games there is always some question about how Cuban rookies will fare once they get into the dog days of the much longer MLB season.
Jose Abreu is faring just fine, thanks.
Abreu had multiple hits Monday for the fourth consecutive game and is now hitting .394 with a 1.094 OPS in 44 games since July 26, which is when he played his 90th game of the season.
Abreu, who signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million, leads the league in slugging percentage (.602) and OPS (.986) while ranking third in homers (35) and batting average (.323).
Here’s what the 27-year-old rookie told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com about heating up as the season progresses:
I’ve prepared myself because I had the information. Everybody let me know how long the season would be so I was ready mentally and physically. I know it’s a much longer season than it is in Cuba, but thankfully I had all the right information.
He’ll presumably win the Rookie of the Year award unanimously and Abreu figures to receive plenty of top-five MVP votes as well. Helluva bargain. Bet he’d go for about $100 million more if teams had a second chance to go after Abreu as a free agent.
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.