I've been saying for a few years now that Bobby Abreu is the next big star in major league baseball. After all of the crazyness with steroid scandles and teams being taken away then brought back, the moved, here comes a true shining light for the MLB.
Last night's homerun performance is just one piece of the puzzle here, but it was a big one. Not a lot of people knew who Abreu was before this season, but he got named as a starter to the all-star game. Nobody knew that anyone would hit many homers in Detroit (not a hitter friendly park), and a lot of people joked that the winner would be the first one who could get it out of there.
Not only did Bobby Abreu get it out of there, he did it 41 times in 2 hours. That's a homerun competition record by far.
Mechanically, his swing is the best in the majors, and he has a Bonds like quality up at the plate. He's NOT afraid to take a walk, he's NOT afraid to hit the single to move a runner. Let's not forget this though, he will become only the THIRD person to EVER have 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in 7 straight years. EVER. Think about that. The only other 2 are Bobby and Barry Bonds. Not bad company right?
So move over Sosa (literally, he went to the AL and made way for Bobby), there's a new sheriff in town.