Abreu Credits Minnie Minoso For Giving Cubans Opportunity To Play Baseball

Source: Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago

Jose AbreuAs if testimony from fellow Cubans weren’t enough to comfort Jose Abreu, advice from the island’s greatest player probably sealed the deal.

Seated in the front row at Abreu’s introductory press conference on Tuesday morning was none other than former Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso.

Asked why the franchise has had so much success with Cuban players, Minoso echoed Abreu, who earlier thanked his fellow countrymen for the confidence he has landed in a comfortable spot.

Over course of two months, White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams attended a workout in the Dominican Republic and Ramirez, Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza spoke with Abreu about their White Sox experiences. Abreu said the efforts helped play a role in his decision.