Abreu leads White Sox GIBBY hopefuls with five noms

First baseman up for MVP, Hitter, Rookie, Hitting Performance and Walk-Off

Abreu leads White Sox GIBBY hopefuls with five noms

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu stood out as the best player on the 2014 White Sox roster. In fact, Abreu quickly emerged as one of the top performers in all of Major League Baseball.

So it's of little surprise that Abreu's name and on-field exploits are attached to five of the 10 White Sox nominees as part of MLB.com's 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.

Abreu is one of 10 players from all of baseball selected for MLB Most Valuable Player, a well-earned inclusion after hitting .317 with 176 hits, 35 doubles, 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, a Major League-best .581 slugging percentage and a .383 on-base percentage over 145 games. The first baseman also is on the list for the top Hitter and Rookie. Abreu's walk-off grand slam against Tampa Bay's Grant Balfour on April 25 earned him a nomination for the categories of Hitting Performance and Walk-Off.

Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2014 GIBBY trophies -- the ultimate honors of the industry's awards season -- based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 25 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, bounceback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top regular-season play, outfield throw, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic, regular-season moment, postseason storyline, postseason walk-off and postseason play. Fans can watch these and more by accessing MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.

In the past several seasons, fans have cast millions of votes across the GIBBY categories, none of which is restricted to individual league affiliation. That's how you know the GIBBYs consider the best of the best.

All 30 clubs are represented among the award candidates, a fact many consider to be a testament to the competitive balance around the game.

Fans can vote as many times as they want through Nov. 21 at 10:59 p.m. CT by visiting mlb.com/gibbys, and winners will be announced live on the MLB Network and MLB.com on Dec. 6.

Other White Sox nominees feature Adam Eaton's home run robbery of Boston's David Ortiz on April 17, with that homer-stealing catch earning Eaton applause from Big Papi and a place among the GIBBYs for Play. Eaton became one of the three finalists for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award in center field as announced last week.

Chris Sale is on the list for top Starting Pitcher after posting a 12-4 record with a 2.17 ERA and striking out 208 over 174 innings, allowing just 39 walks and 129 hits allowed. Paul Konerko's farewell '14 season as the culmination of 18 big league seasons and 16 with the White Sox has him listed for top Storyline and for Cut4.

The latter Konerko nomination centered on Chris Claeys -- the fan who retrieved Konerko's grand slam from Game 2 of the 2005 World Series against Houston -- presenting the slugger with said baseball at his pregame retirement ceremony on Sept. 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. In a twist, Claeys then caught a foul ball from Konerko later in the game.

The final White Sox nomination goes to designated hitter Adam Dunn, another apparent retiree after a long and productive 14-year-career, for Oddity. That had to do with Dunn's MLB pitching debut coming in the ninth inning of an Aug. 5 home contest against the Rangers. The prolific slugger, who hit 462 career homers, yielded one run on two hits and a walk.

Several categories -- Play, Oddity, Walk-Off and Cut4 Topic -- opened balloting with at least one nominee per club. After a week of voting, the four lists were trimmed to 10 finalists per group by a panel.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.