Abreu joins long list of Cubans with White Sox ties

Abreu joins long list of Cubans with White Sox ties
October 20, 2013, 10:15 am
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Two months ago, outfielder Dayan Viciedo said he’d attempt to recruit Jose Abreu to the White Sox if the club asked him.

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But if the record deal for a first-time international player weren’t enough, the White Sox have a strong past with Cuban-born players to sell to Abreu, which extends far beyond Viciedo and shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

Abreu, whose six-year, $68-million deal is pending a physical, is set to become the 17th Cuban to don a White Sox uniform when he takes the field in 2014.

The first baseman, whom one American League scout said is the best pure hitter to come over from the island, would join a long list of well-known Cuban baseball players to call the South Side home.

Here’s a look at other prominent Cubans who have played for the White Sox.

  •  Minnie Minoso (1951-57, 1960-61, 1964, 1976, 1980)

The island’s first major league star was a seven-time All-Star. The ‘Cuban Comet’ finished with 1,963 hits and an .848 OPS. He led the AL in Wins Above Replacement in 1954 with 8.3 and finished in the Top 10 in WAR six times.

  •  Ramirez (2008-13)

A six-year starter and the full-time shortstop since 2009, the "Cuban Missile" has averaged 152-plus games a season. He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and has finished with 68 or more RBI in five of six seasons.

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  •  Jose Contreras (2004-09)

A 15-game winner for the World Series winners in 2005, the right-hander also was an All-Star a season later when he went 13-9 with a 4.27 ERA. Contreras helped the Sox to its last two postseason appearances in six seasons.

  •  Jose Canseco (2001)

More prominent for what he did before and after his lone season with the White Sox, Canseco hit 16 homers and drove in 49 runs in 76 games in what was the final year of his career.

  •  Viciedo (2010-13)

The youngster slipped in his second full season in 2013 as he hit 11 fewer homers than he did in 2012. But in 2012, Viciedo had 25 long balls and drove in 78 runs, which gives the White Sox hope he can develop into a superstar.

  •  Orlando Hernandez (2005)

The overall numbers in his only season with the White Sox weren’t eye-popping, but he added another winning presence to the mix. He also pitched three shutout innings in the 2005 ALDS clincher against the Red Sox.

  •  Sandy Consuegra (1953-56)

The right-hander was a jack-of-all trades for the ’54 Sox, who won 94 games and finished third in the league. An All-Star, he went 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA, two shutouts and three saves in 39 games (17 starts).

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  •  Luis Aloma (1950-53)

The reliever appeared in 116 games over four seasons and finished with an 18-3 record and a 3.44 ERA.

  •    Rudy Arias (1959)

Though he didn’t pitch in the World Series for the Go-Go White Sox, Arias did go 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 34 relief appearances in the regular season.

  •  Mike Fornieles (1953-56)

Later an All-Star with the Red Sox, he went 8-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 153 innings in his first season on the South Side. Fornieles appeared in 86 games for the Sox and had a 3.82 ERA over 297 innings.

Other Cuban players to play for the White Sox include: Jose Acosta (1922), Guillermo “Willy” Maranda (1952), Aurelio Monteagudo (1967), Hector Rodriguez (1952), Nelson Santovenia (1992) and Leo Sutherland (1980-81).