Jose Abreu and Minnie Minoso – History and History in the Making.
When this photo came across my feed a little while ago, I had to save it and do some reading up on the history of both of these gentlemen. The history of Mr. Minoso and with Jose building his history now I am recited to watch him and what is coming down the road for him.
Minnie was born on November 29, 1925 in Havana, Cuba. He made his major league debut in April of 1949 for the Cleveland Indians. He is only one of two players to play five decades in the majors, and the only player to play in seven decades. He is the last player from the 1940’s to have played a professional game.
Minnie play for only four teams in his MLB career. He started with Cleveland in 1949, 1951 and in 1958 – 1959. He came to the Chicago White Sox in 1951 and staying for 6 years. He was also with the Sox in 1960, 61, 1964, 1976 and 1980. He spent a year in with the St.Louis Cardinals and the Washington Senators.
Other career highlights for Minsos also include 9 – All Start games, 3 – Golden Glove awards, and the ultimate honor by the Chicago White Sox to retire the his Number 9 jersey.
When Chicago played their last game at the old Comiskey Park on September 30, 1990, Minnie was invited to give the White Sox lineup card to the umpires during pregame events at home plate. He did so, wearing the new uniform debuted by the White Sox that day, his familiar number 9 on the back.
2003 saw Minnie return to the Saints and he drew a walk, becoming the only player to appear professionally in seven different decades. Earlier extensions to his career with the Sox rumored to be publicity stunts orchestrated respectively by one-time Sox owner Bill Veeck and his son Mike, who at the time had a controlling interest in the team.
Jose Dariel Abreu Correa was born January 29, 1989. He was a first baseman in the Cuban National Series for Cienfuegos before his defection in August of 2013. He was granted free agent status with the MLB and signed with the Sox in October of the same year, his contract is estimated at 68 million dollars over 6 years.
Once getting out of Cuba, Jose headed to the Dominican Republic to establish residency, he has joined fellow Cuban players, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Adrian Nieto.
March 31, 2014 saw Abreu get his first hit against the Minnesota Twins, the first 2 of his home runs came at Coors field against the Colorado Rockies. Abreu was named as co player of the month for April, who batted .310 and had 5 home runs, with 14 RBI’s
May 18 saw a visit to the disabled list with a sore ankle, now wearing a brace for support, he returned to the line up on June 2, but could not help the Sox win that game as they were defeated by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
When Jose was asked about his choice of number (jersey number 79). He said that his Mother chose it so people would remember it. Abreu’s Mum and the rest of his extended family are still in Cuba.
Picture is courtesy of MLB.com