CLEVELAND -- The Angels and Bobby Abreu parted ways Friday night when the 38-year-old outfielder was released following a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, but Manager Mike Scioscia doesn’t think the game has seen the last of the 17-year veteran.
“I don’t believe it’s the end for Bobby,” Scioscia said Saturday. “One thing he really has is a passion for the game. If he gets in a situation where he can get some playing time and perform at a little higher level, by the time it’s said and done, this guy is going to get Hall of Fame consideration.”
Abreu, a native of Venezuela, is one of four players with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases. The others are Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio. Abreu is the only player in major league history to log 20 homers, 20 stolen bases and 40 doubles in a season five times.
A two-time All-Star, Abreu has 2,389 career hits, 284 homers, 1,330 runs batted in and a .397 on-base percentage. He also mentored young Angels such as Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar on the art of plate discipline after his 2009 arrival.