MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Abreu might not be a Paul Konerko-type leader just yet, but it doesn’t mean he hasn’t captured the attention of his teammates.
A day after Abreu said he isn’t a leader, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said to the contrary the Cuban slugger has displayed strong leadership qualities over a historical first 2 1/ 2 months. Abreu became the third fastest player in major league history to hit 20 home runs in his career on Wednesday. While Abreu isn’t a team captain-type leader yet, Ventura said the team’s offense has shown that it goes when their cleanup man does.
“Being able to do the things he does, that becomes natural that guys count on him,” Abreu said. “And as a team you count on him to do a lot of different things and the other stuff besides just the playing and the numbers and things like that come later. For right now he is a leader as far as how impactful he is in our lineup. The other stuff comes with it, probably him speaking English and guys learning Spanish. It’ll eventually get there.”