Friday, August 5, 2011

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer

When the Angels signed veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu to a 1-year deal, he brought a fresh approach to the clubhouse. His patient approach at the plate stabilized the offense. And, it began to rub off on the other players.

That stabilizing influence prompted the Angels to re-sign him for a 3-year deal. Knowing that the Angels would be turning over a good portion of their lineup, having someone like Abreu, who could lead by example, was a smart move.

Listening to the younger players, it’s clear that they respect what Bobby Abreu brings to the team and to each and every game. As the best hitter ever out of Venezuela, Bobby is closing in on many milestones for his career. His next RBI will be his 1400th, and he’s on pace to pass Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente (1,416) and Rod Carew (1,424) this season. With his next double, he will pass Tony Gwynn to take sole possession of the 26th most doubles all-time.

All that greatness leads to great responsibility. With 10 out of 25 players on the current Angels roster having less 2 years MLB experience. recently sat down with Bobby to find out how he’s shouldering the load, mentoring the youngsters, and reflecting on his career.

Click below to listen to our interview with Bobby Abreu.

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