CHICAGO — The word Jose Abreu uses to describe his role with the young up-and-comers in the White Sox system is papá.
Though he turned just 31 earlier this week, Abreu has become the senior member of the Chicago roster. He made his debut in 2014, and only a handful of his teammates have been there as long.But as the White Sox enter what GM Rick Hahn called “phase two” of the rebuild and another wave of heralded prospects prepares to debut in 2018, Abreu’s approach with his teammates is a crucial piece of the culture that has helped the rebuild succeed through the first phase. And this culture is especially important when so much of the young talent has come via trade from other organizations. These young players need a papá to teach them the tradition and family culture of south side Chicago baseball.
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