Freddie Freeman and José Abreu Take Home MVP Honors
Last night the MLB concluded their awards week with the announcement of the MVP award. It was a pair of first-basemen who took home the MVP award for their respective leagues. In the American League, it was 33-year-old José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox; and in the National League, it was 11-year veteran Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves.
There may be no one more deserving of the NL MVP than Freddie Freeman. One of the most consistent players in the game captured his first MVP award after leading or placing second in every major statistical category in the NL. Freeman led the NL in fWAR (3.4), runs (5); and finished second in RBIs (51), OPS (1.102), and batting average (.341). The 31-year-old helped lead the "Bravos" to their first NLCS appearance since 2001. Freeman is set to become a free-agent after next season.
The AL MVP, José Abreu became the first White Sox player to win the award since Frank Thomas took home the 1994 AL MVP. Abreu led the AL in hits (76), and RBIs (60); he finished second with home-runs (19) and third in runs scored (43). Abreu has been named an All-Star and a Silver Slugger three times in his career; he was also the AL Rookie of the Year in the 2014. His contract is set to expire in 2023.