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Cuban Jose Abreu unanimously chosen AL Rookie of the Year

Cuban Jose Abreu unanimously chosen AL Rookie of the Year

Posted by Liliana Castaño on November 11, 2014

Like so many other Cuban defectors, Jose Abreu risked his life and left his family behind to pursue a career in the majors.

His gamble has already paid off big-time financially, and on Monday he earned a reward no amount of money could have bought him.

The Chicago White Sox first baseman was unanimously named the American League rookie of the year, after quickly establishing himself as one of baseball's most dangerous hitters.

"I don't have any words to describe this moment," Abreu said through a translator on the MLB Network telecast. "I consider myself a good hitter, and I guess I've proven it."

Abreu, 27, led the majors with a .581 slugging percentage while batting .317 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI. He's the first rookie ever to finish in his league's top five in all Triple Crown categories.

Abreu received all 30 first place votes for 150 points. Pitchers Matt Shoemaker of the Los Angeles Angels was second with 40 points, followed by Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees (27 points) in the balloting, conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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