The slugger is headed to the postseason for the first time in his seven-year career with the White Sox and has played an integral role in getting his club there. As a result, the 33-year-old could wind up getting serious MVP consideration. However, it seems he doesn't much care for league recognition.
"The MVP is something I can't control," the three-time All-Star said Friday, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Chicago. "I know there are a lot of people rooting for me, and I appreciate that, but whatever's going to happen is going to happen.
"What's important is that I'm my mom's MVP every single day, and that's what matters for me."
Abreu is putting the finishing touches on a campaign which will surely earn him his third Silver Slugger. Over 50 games, he's authored a .332/.374/.644 slash line with 17 homers while also leading all of baseball with 51 RBIs, 68 hits, and 132 total bases.
"She's very happy, and she's proud," Abreu continued, regarding his mother. "She's proud of me. She's proud of this organization. She's proud of all the guys that are here.
"She's probably the happiest person in the world right now, because she really values all the stuff the organization has done for us, too. She knows that this is a very sweet moment for all of us."
Abreu joined the White Sox prior to the 2014 campaign - originally signing a six-year, $68-million contract after defecting from Cuba - and promptly won AL Rookie of the Year honors. Over his seven seasons with the club, Abreu has authored an .871 OPS while hitting 196 homers in 951 games played.