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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who is Jose Abreu?

This is good stuff and much of it untold (including how he actually got to the US—harrowing stuff) on Jose “Pito” Abreu:


They left in the middle of the night, entrusting their fate to a tiny boat, its two motors, and the ink-black sea. For 12 hours, they pressed on. Through darkness, then dawn, then scorching daylight. Through 15-foot waves. And through the paths of trawlers and other ships that could cut their own 20-foot vessel in two.

Six of them huddled close atop a roiling ocean under an angry sky. But it was the hulking man in the middle who held them all together. Jose Abreu led his family—his fiancée, Yusmary; his parents; his sister and her husband—in prayers as the boat bucked and kicked beneath them. “It was dangerous,” he says. “The waves were high, but the Lord was at our side. God gave us the chance to reach our destination.”

“How can I explain it to you?” Abreu says, glancing at the 60-foot salad bar. “In Cuba, someone who is middle or lower class doesn’t have the luxuries they do here. You can’t eat something different every day. You eat whatever you have. If you have 10 days of eggs, you’re going to be eating eggs for 10 days. If you have plain rice for 10 days, you’re going to eat plain rice for 10 days. There is no menu. No variety. What you have is what you eat.”

 

madvillain Posted: March 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, longform

Monday, November 10, 2014

White Sox Abreu, Mets’ deGrom named Rookies of Year | MLB.com

The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards were announced on Monday, with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu the unanimous selection in the American League and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom taking home the honor in the NL.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 07:24 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, jacob degrom, jose abreu, rookie of the year

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Jose Abreu’s mysterious journey - Chicago Tribune

Scary stuff.

In September, toward the end of the season, Abreu declined to discuss his defection, telling the Tribune in Spanish: “I think it’s best not to talk on that subject. Someday, God willing, if we’re in the position to, I’ll be able to talk about that with all my heart.”

But he spoke without hesitation that living in the U.S. was worth the journey, however frightening it might have been.

“For me, it’s the fact we’re free. That we’re free in everything,” he said. “In Cuba, people don’t attain that. I’m thankful for my life, but it’s something I’ve never experienced, and I’m thankful for everything.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose abreu

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jose Abreu, Queller of All Concerns | FanGraphs

Speaking of batted ball distribution, his fly ball rate was just 31.2%. That’s quite low for a monstrous power hitter. So the bad news is that I would project that to rise next year, which is going to take another bite out of his BABIP, all else being equal. The good news is that there’s your home run upside. Yes, even though he hit 36 homers this season, his relatively low fly ball rate suggests that a 40+ homer season is easily within his grasp.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, sabermetrics, white sox

 

 

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