Baseball player Jose Abreu, left his homeland in August 2013 and swiftly agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. His contract is purported to be the largest rookie free-agent contract ever awarded to an international player in Major League Baseball.
Jose Abreu was Cuba’s starting first baseman when they won the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, their first Gold in an international tournament in three years. He hit .292/.320/.500. In the finale, he went 1 for 3 and scored the first run in the victory over the Dutch national baseball team; he doubled off Rob Cordemans in the third and came home on a Yorbis Borroto hit. He helped Cuba finish second at the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament.
Jose Abreu is an earlier teammate of Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who left Cuba in 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Puig made his major league debut on June 3 2013 and had a major involvement on the team’s surge into the post-season.
Abreu, a strong 6-foot-3 (1.9-meter), 250-pound (113-kg) hitter who hit 128 home runs, drove in 430 runs and had a .334 batting average during eight seasons in Cuba.
In 2011, Abreu won Cuba’s Most Esteemed Player award with a .453 average and 33 home runs in 293 plate appearances. Throughout the World Baseball Classic in March he batted .360 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 25 at-bats.
Abreu follows other Cubans who have sought their fortunes in the US major leagues, such as New York Yankees pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernández and his half-brother Livan Hernandez, who left Cuba in the 1990s.
Its for all these reasons that Jose Abreu has been inducted into the SexyCuban hall of fame!