(670 The Score) White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez found himself crying tears of joy when teammate Jose Abreu was named the American League Most Valuable Player last November following his sensational 2020 season.
"I know the work he puts in every day," Jimenez said of Abreu. "I know he works hard every single day, no matter how he feels. I feel proud of him. He's a really good leader, and I think he deserved it."
For the 24-year-old Jimenez, it was motivating to see Abreu's work pay off with MVP recognition. Once a prized prospect, Jimenez broke into the big leagues with the White Sox in 2019. Since then, he has 45 home runs, 120 RBIs and a slash line of .276/.321/.527 in 177 career games. Jimenez hit .296 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 55 games in the abbreviated 2020 season.
Jimenez hopes to have his own work pay off in a similar fashion to Abreu's, and he believes it will ultimately lead him to also being named an MVP.
"I think one day, I'm going to be the MVP," Jimenez said. "I don't know what year, but I think it's soon.
"That's my goal. If I keep working hard, I know some day it's going to pay me back."
Abreu was absent from White Sox camp in Arizona on Monday. The team anticipates his arrival Wednesday, manager Tony La Russa said. Abreu has been delayed in his arrival due to additional COVID-19 antibody testing.
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