Jose Abreu isn’t slowing down


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 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.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.