Rays Winter Ball Recap: Bobby Abreu’s Unbelievable Run Continues

By Robbie Knopf

Plenty of washed-up players are giving their all in winter ball hoping to recapture even the slightest glimmer of their past glory. Few actually can. But with the Cleveland Indians at least checking in on Abreu, he is officially back on the map–and he is showing no signs of falling back down to earth.

Venezuelan Winter League Postseason: Leones del Caracas 12, Tiburones de La Guaira 2

Somebody better check what year it is because no one can stop Bobby Abreu right now. Abreu went 4 for 4 with a homer, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored, homering for a record fifth consecutive game in the Venezuelan Winter League postseason round-robin. Overall in five games, he has an inconceivable .500/.583/1.300 line with 5 homers and 15 RBI in 5 games. A 1.300 slugging percentage! Somehow Caracas is just 2-3 in those games, and imagine where they would be without Abreu. Abreu’s power faded away entirely in the final years of his MLB career as he slipped from 20 homers in 2010 to 8 in 2011 to just 3 in 2012, but no one ever questioned his on-base ability as his OBP was .350 or above all three years. If his power has really come back, that could really make a difference. The odds of a comeback are small, but Abreu is doing everything in his power to give himself a chance. We’ll have to see what happens from here. Henry Wrigley also went 1 for 4 with an RBI in the win for the Leones.