Jose Abreu was one of four Cuban-born baseball players to return to the island Tuesday as part of MLB's plan to smooth over relations with the country.
It's the first MLB-related trip since 1999, as Abreu, who was born in Cruces, joined Yasiel Puig, Brayan Pena and Alexei Ramirez on the three-day mission that MLB's executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre said players working one-on-one with kids in baseball clinics has been instrumental.
"Watching Jose Abreu, he's got a quiet dignity about him. Amd when you see him so giving with fans and youngsters is the fact that he understands the responsibility part of being someone famous," Torre said. He appreciates the adulation and yet he's one of the people. And to make you can't teach that; that has to come from within."
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It's Abreu's first time back in the country since he defected 28 months ago.
See the rest of our Sierra Santos' report from Cuba in the video above,.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.