In a historic 2014 campaign, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox set yet another rookie record by going deep against 17 separate teams, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via GammonsDaily.com).
Abreu edged out an old record set by Mark Teixeira with the Texas Rangers back in 2003, when the first baseman homered off 16 different opposing squads on his way to collecting 26 long balls on the season.
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians were the bulky Cuban's favorite opponents this season, as he hit five long balls off each of those squads. Abreu's three homers at Detroit's Comerica Park were his most at any location, with the obvious exception of U.S. Cellular Field. He slashed .333/.381/.667 in 10 games at Comerica, proving to be rather unintimidated by the four-time defending American League Central Division champions.
Abreu hit multiple home runs off three different pitchers in 2014, getting the best of Detroit's Justin Verlander in addition to Danny Salazar of the Indians and R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays. Both homers against Dickey came during a 5-4 victory over the Jays back on June 27.