Abreu's second grand slam of '21 is 200th big league homer originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
José Abreu was doing MVP things Tuesday night.
The White Sox first baseman launched his second grand slam of the nascent 2021 campaign, this one against the Seattle Mariners meaning a bit more in the record books, as it was the 200th home run of Abreu's major league career.
Abreu hit a grand slam last Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels, collecting his first four RBIs of the season with one swing. He's up to nine of them after Tuesday night's exploits, driving in a run with a sacrifice fly before hitting his second four-run homer of the season.
Abreu has won back-to-back RBI crowns in the American League, including last season, when he drove in 60 runs in 60 games to lead baseball. That one-RBI-per-game pace was mighty impressive. Well, he's ahead of it now, with nine RBIs in the first six games of this season.
Abreu became the fifth player to hit 200 homers in a White Sox uniform, joining Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk. Three of those four guys are in the Hall of Fame. They all have their numbers retired and statues on the concourse at Guaranteed Rate Field, which seems a foregone conclusion for No. 79 once he decides to hang up his cleats.
But Abreu, the reigning AL MVP, is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.