Freeman, Abreu named 2020 MLB MVPs


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Freddie Freeman at bat against the Phillies on March 31, 2019.

Jake Peters, Staff Writer

The first COVID-19 season for the Major Leagues has finished.

After the Dodgers were crowned champions in October, it was time to announce the winners of awards. On election day, they announced the winners of the Gold Gloves.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, the winners for the American and National League Most Valuable Players were announced.

In the NL, Freddie Freeman took home the crown. Freddie Freeman, 31, has consistently been one of the NL’s best hitters for five seasons now, and he delivered an outstanding performance for the division-winning Braves in this shortened season. Freeman played all 60 games, batting .341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI, and a 1.102 OPS. He led the league in doubles and set an own personal record for the best walk rate of his career. Freddie Freeman becomes the first Brave to earn the MVP Honors since Hall of Famer Chipper Jones in 1999.

Now, Chicago’s Jose Abreu was named the 2020 AL MVP. Ever since coming over from Cuba in 2014, he has been an all-star caliber hitter. He easily had the best season of his career posting a .317/.370/.617 line with 19 home runs and 60 RBI. His 60 RBI mark led in all of baseball. The veteran centerpiece of a budding White Sox lineup, Abreu re-signed with Chicago last offseason and now has an MVP to his name six years after earning Rookie of the Year.

Many other players in the league deserved mentioning too. In the National League, players like Mookie Betts played fantastic with his new team in Los Angeles and helped lead them to a World Series. In the American League, players like DJ LeMahieu played amazing as well and earned votes but couldn’t pull off the title berth.

Congratulations to both Freddie Freeman and Jose Abreu on remarkable seasons that will go down in history.

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