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Jose Abreu sets all-time rookie records for homers and RBIs

Apr 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu smacked his 10th home run yesterday and the rookie from Cuba now holds the MLB record for the most April homers and the most April RBIs (31) by a rookie in baseball history.

Albert Pujols previously held the rookie RBI record with 27 and Pujols, Carlos Delgado, and Kent Hrbek held the rookie homer record with nine apiece. Scott Merkin of MLB.com notes that Abreu is also the first player in baseball history to have four or more RBIs four times in his first 26 career games.

Beyond the rookie marks, Abreu leads the American League in homers, RBIs, and slugging percentage while ranking sixth in OPS and suddenly the White Sox’s six-year, $68 million investment in the 27-year-old looks like it might be one of the shrewdest moves of the offseason.

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  1. Jason Lukehart - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Jose Abreu hit his 10th home run in just his 26th career MLB game. That makes him the fifth fastest player ever to 10 HR.

    The record belongs to George Scott, who got there in his first 21 games back in 1966 with the Red Sox. Zeke Bonura (1934 White Sox), Kevin Mass (1990 Yankees), and Chris Davis (2008 Rangers) each got there in 25 games.

  2. 461deep - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Chris (Mad Dog) Russo ranted today on his MLB Network, High Heat show, that Abreu 27, & Tanaka 25 are not true rookies due to their ages & previous professional careers outside of MLB plus the high salaries they signed for that no average rookie comes close to. Yes, MLB has it’s rookie status criteria but Russo has a point here. What, another issue MLB must revisit.

    • jwbiii - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      We heard the same grumblings in 2001 about Ichiro Suzuki. Lots of people just like to complain.

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