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Jose Abreu hits his 20th home run (Video)

Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu continues to blast home runs at a torrid pace in his rookie season in the big leagues.

On Wednesday Abreu blasted his 20th home run. In so doing, he wrote his name into elite company in the history books. As passed along by ESPN.com:

Abreu reached 20 homers in his 58th game, the third fewest in major league history behind Wally Berger (51 games) and Mark McGwire (56 games).

The impressive thing about Abreu’s pace is the fact that he has adjusted so quickly to big league pitching. As with any slugger, it was unclear how well he would handle Major League breaking pitches. He has handled that transition and then some, as evidenced by his incredible production thus far.

Through 57 games, Abreu has a .596 slugging percentage and a .915 OPS. Considering the fact that the decision to sign him was considered something of a gamble because he was unknown, I would say the White Sox look pretty smart at this point given that type of elite power.

Abreu’s home run helped lead the White Sox to another tough victory over the San Francisco Giants. Here is the video of Abreu’s 20th round-tripper, courtesy of MLB.com (and complete with the call from Hawk Harrelson):

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