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Jose Abreu leading American League first basemen in All-Star voting

Jose Abreu leading American League first basemen in All-Star voting

Jose Abreu heading to Washington for this summer's All-Star Game wouldn't have been much of a surprise considering he's in the midst of one of his typically excellent offensive seasons.

But Abreu being voted in as the starter? That would qualify as a surprise, and if the first round of balloting updates are any indication, it could most definitely happen. Abreu is leading American League first baseman in voting, per Tuesday's balloting update from Major League Baseball.

Abreu is obviously deserving of receiving the most votes at his position, as he has far and away the most impressive offensive statistics among AL first basemen. Abreu has a .290/.350/.512 slash line with 10 home runs, 25 doubles and 38 RBIs. He leads AL first basemen in slugging percentage, OPS, doubles, RBIs and hits and ranks near the top in many other categories.

The production comes as no shock to the White Sox or their fans, who have watched Abreu be one of the most consistent hitters in the game ever since arriving from Cuba ahead of the 2014 season. Last year, he became the third player ever to start his big league career with four seasons with at least 25 home runs and 100 RBIs, the other two being all-time greats Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio.

In his White Sox career, Abreu owns a .300/.358/.524 slash line with 134 homers and 448 RBIs in 676 games.

What is a tad unexpected is that fans across the country would bypass typical voting favorites from teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees — or the world-champion Houston Astros — in favor of the deserving Abreu. That's a welcome sight.

Whether eventually elected or just picked as a reserve, this would be Abreu's second career All-Star appearance. He hasn't been since his rookie season in 2014.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

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.