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  • #16
    Altuve runs away with second AL batting crown

    ANAHEIM -- There was no drama like there was two years ago, when Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went into the final day of the regular season with a slim lead over Detroit's Victor Martinez in the race for the American League batting crown. Altuve was originally out of the lineup, but he wound up playing and getting a pair of hits to secure his first title.

    Altuve entered Sunday's game against the Angels with an 18-point lead over Boston's Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts and went 1-for-4 as a designated hitter in the Astros' 8-1 loss at Angel Stadium. His broken-bat single in the ninth inning meant he finished the season as the Rod Carew AL Batting Champion with a .338 average, and he led the Majors with 216 hits. Pedroia and Betts both went 0-for-4 to finish at .318.

    "I mean, as a player, you always want to get a hit and get on base," Altuve said. "I'm the kind of player that, you guys know, I want to win as many games as possible, including this one. I wanted to get a guy on and have the guys behind me get a couple of hits. It was a great season. Like I said yesterday, we have a really good team, and we're going to come back stronger next year."

    Altuve is responsible for three of the four highest single-season hit totals in Astros history -- 225 in 2014, 216 this year and 200 in '15. Only Craig Biggio, who collected 210 hits in 1998, had reached 200 hits in a season for the Astros before Altuve's arrival.

    "Every time you do something like that, that means you're doing it in a good way," Altuve said. "It means you're doing something good for the team. It's always good to win a batting title and lead the league in hits. It's great, and like I said, my teammates encourage me to play hard every day."

    Altuve's teammates gave him a toast following Saturday's game because everyone was in a hurry to go their separates ways on Sunday. Altuve signed a few mementos for teammates and figures to be in the AL Most Valuable Player race, though his .269 batting average in September may have cost him a chance to win. He batted at least .333 in every other month except April, when he hit .305.

    "It's nice for him to end on a good note," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Obviously, the bat breaking is probably not his favorite. He loves his bats, but what a sensational season for him, gutting it out and wanting to play and wanting to get as many hits as he can. It's really important he plays well. He knows when he plays well, we play well, and he was our best player this year."
    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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    • #17
      Jose Altuve is Sporting News MLB Player of the Year

      HOUSTON - Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the 2016 Sporting News Major League Baseball Player of the year.

      The award is voted on by the players.

      Altuve is just the second player in Astros franchise history to win the honor from the Sporting News.


      Jeff Bagwell won the players’ vote in 1994.

      In 2016 Altuve led the American League in hitting (.338) and MLB in hits (216).

      He also had career highs in home runs (24) and RBIs (96).

      Over the past 10 years the winner of the Sporting News Player of the Year has gone on to win the MVP award from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

      The Sporting News first Player of the Year was New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell in 1936.

      Other greats of the game who have won the honor include Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

      You can add Jose Altuve’s name to that incredible list.
      If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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      • #18
        Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26
        The 3 finalists for @officialBBWAA American League MVP Award are: #Astros 2B @JoseAltuve27, Angels CF @MikeTrout & Red Sox RF @mookiebetts
        If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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        • #19
          Jake Kaplan @jakemkaplan
          Jose Altuve was named the 2016 Players Choice MLB Player of the Year and the AL's Most Outstanding Player, as voted on by his peers.
          If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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          • #20
            MLB @mlb
            Jose Altuve earns his 3rd straight AL Silver Slugger Award at second base.
            Last edited by H2O4me; 11-10-2016, 06:46 PM.
            If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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            • #21
              Altuve has strong case for AL MVP Award

              Astros second baseman enjoyed career year at plate in 2016

              By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
              HOUSTON -- Perhaps no stat indicates how much All-Star second baseman Jose Altuvemeant to the Astros more than the split in his batting average when the club won last season (.388) vs. when it lost (.281). He was clearly the player who meant more to the club than anyone else, but was he the Most Valuable Player in the American League?

              Altuve joins Mike Trout of the Angels and Mookie Betts of the Red Sox as the three finalists for the AL MVP Award, which will be revealed on Thursday. The Baseball Writers' Association of America voted on the Award at the conclusion of the regular season.

              Esurance MLB Awards week concludes Friday on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7 p.m. CT with the MLB Awards. Categories include Best Major Leaguer, Hitter, Pitcher, Rookie, Executive and Manager.

              Altuve had the best season of his career in 2016, setting career highs in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, total bases and OPS, while maintaining a strikeout rate that was the best in the AL. He added power numbers (24 homers and 96 RBIs) to his resume this year while playing in all but one game. Altuve led the AL in hits for the second time in three years and won his second AL batting title in that span by hitting .338.

              Altuve's peers voted him as the winner of the Players Choice Award as this season's Player of the Year, as well as the Outstanding Player in the AL after becoming the first second baseman to reach 100 runs, 200 hits, 40 doubles, 20 homers, 95 RBIs and 30 steals in a single season. He's just the sixth player in Major League history to reach all of those marks, regardless of position.

              Altuve, who started at second base for the AL in the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, led the league in batting average, hits (216) and four-hit games (eight). He was tied for first in three-hit games (23), ranked second in multi-hit games (63), tied for second in stolen bases (30), tied for third in doubles (42) and Wins Above Replacement (7.6), and he was fourth in on-base percentage (.396) and total bases (340), while ranking fifth in OPS (.928) and seventh in runs (108).

              No, Altuve's terrific bat wasn't enough to get the Astros to the postseason, but he was a huge reason they were in the hunt until the final week of the regular season. While the team sputtered at the start and faltered at the end, Altuve was the model of consistency.

              Altuve hit .341 in the first half (a whopping .420 in June), and .333 in the second half. He hit .348 against right-handers and .306 against lefties. He batted .330 in the leadoff spot, .342 in the No. 2 hole and .341 in the three-hole, where he spent most of the season. Altuve batted .372 with runners in scoring position, including .327 with two outs.

              One of the reasons the Astros performed so well on the road this year was Altuve. His .376 road batting average led the Majors and was the highest of any hitter since Ichiro Suzuki hit .405 in 2004.

              Now let's compare Altuve to the last second baseman to win the AL MVP: Dustin Pedroia in 2008. Pedroia hit .326 with 213 hits, 17 homers, 83 RBIs, 50 walks, 20 stolen bases, a .376 on-base percentage and an .869 OPS that season for Boston, all of which are numbers Altuve eclipsed this year.

              Granted, Altuve isn't competing against Altuve. He's competing against Trout and Betts, both of whom have extremely strong arguments. Those who saw Altuve play on an everyday basis will argue he should take a backseat to neither.
              If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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              • #22
                Jake Kaplan @jakemkaplan
                Jose Altuve placed third in AL MVP voting. He received two second-place votes and 15 third-place votes. No first-place votes.

                Mike Trout won American League MVP.
                If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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                • #23
                  Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26
                  Jose Altuve on his expectations for the 2017 Astros:

                  "This is a World Series team. I don't see why not,we're going to win the World Series"
                  If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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                  • #24

                    Ryan M. Spaeder @theaceofspaeder
                    Through 829 career games

                    #Astros Jose Altuve 1,046 hits, .311/.354/.437
                    #Reds Pete Rose 999 hits, .299/.356/.419

                    Altuve 287 days younger.
                    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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                    • #25
                      Valuing Baseball’s Young & Underpaid Stars

                      BY MICHAEL GINNITTI • APR 21, 2017

                      JOSE ALTUVE, 26, 2B, ASTROS




                      The man who was told he was too small has average 213 hits, 43 doubles, 15 homers, 74 RBIs, and 42 stolen bases over the past three seasons. Not only does he belong, but he’s producing at a market value 7 times his current paycheck. His $3.125M average salary ranks 336th in MLB, and 23rd amond 2nd basemen. The Astros did well to see this coming, extending Altuve back in 2014 – even before the big numbers started to pile up. They’ll likely wait a year before doubling down on their 5-tool All Star again, but it’ll cost them this time.

                      Current Average Salary: $3,125,000





                      Market Value: $21,459,954

                      Last edited by H2O4me; 04-21-2017, 11:35 AM.
                      If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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                      • #26
                        Christian Boutwell @_CBoutwell
                        There’s hit No. 1,139 for Jose Altuve, tying him with Bill Doran (1982-90) for the ninth-most all-time in Astros history.

                        If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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                        • #27


                          Altuve the Amazing

                          Elias Sports Bureau
                          Jose Altuve went 4-for-4, lifting his batting average to .365 and extending his hitting streak to 16 games, as the Astros slogged through a rain delay to take a 13-4 decision in Philadelphia. Altuve moved to within four points of the major leagues’ leading hitter, Justin Turner (.369), and he tied Bryce Harper for possession of the longest current hitting streak in the majors.

                          But we may have buried the lede; in this case, the context is everything. After going 1-for-4 against the Yankees to start his hitting streak on July 2, Altuve has collected an amazing total of 37 hits in 68 at-bats over his last 15 games. Only one major-league player over the last 34 seasons has produced as many as 37 hits over a span of 15 games within a season. That was Ichiro, who did it within a few overlapping 15-game spans in the summer of 2004, with his highest total being 39 hits in 74 at-bats over his 15 games from July 19 to August 3. Prior to Ichiro, the last player with as many as 37 hits over 15 games had been Rod Carew in 1983; Carew’s best 15-game stretch produced 39 hits in 71 at-bats early that year.

                          But if you look at the statistics in the preceding paragraph carefully, you will note that, remarkable as the streaks of Ichiro and Carew were, in each case, those players accumulated more at-bats over their 15-game spans than did Altuve. To find the last major-leaguer who generated a 15-game span in which he accumulated at least 37 hits over 68-or-fewer at-bats, you have to go back to a great run by the great Rogers Hornsby—the man with a lifetime batting average of .358, second in MLB history only to Ty Cobb—in July of 1923. Over 15 games from July 4 to July 18 of that season, Hornsby amassed 37 hits over 62 at-bats.




                          Photo credit: Chris Szagola/AP

                          Suddenly, Jose Altuve Is The Best Player In Baseball

                          Deadspin
                          It’s not really a shock, given that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished last season with 6.7 WAR and has been putting up ridiculous statistics for years now, but the little guy is currently your MVP frontrunner.

                          Altuve has 5.5 WAR on the season, and he now leads the league in that category after squeezing past the biggest dinger boy, Aaron Judge. Altuve went 4-for-4 in a win over the Phillies last night, and he’s hitting (take a deep breath) .507 in July. In those 17 games he’s got four homers, seven doubles, seven steals, and a 1.314 OPS.

                          His numbers don’t get any less absurd when you zoom out a bit. His season slash line is at .365/.431/.574, he’s on pace to lead the league in hits for the fourth consecutive season, and he’s already got 15 homers (his career high came last year, when he hit 24). He’s only getting stronger as the season goes on:

                          The Mike Trout Era has warped the game in many ways, one of them being that there’s really no sense in having any conversation about who is the best player in baseball. I imagine this wears on his contemporaries (just ask Joey Votto), particularly those who play in the AL and begin every season knowing that the MVP award is more or less Trout’s to lose. So if there’s any silver lining to the fact that Trout spent a few weeks on the DL this season, it’s that it opened up the MVP race to all challengers. Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts, and Jose Altuve are all right there.

                          Altuve is the guy to root for. Judge winning the award during a rookie season in which he became a genuine sensation feels gluttonous; Betts is just 24 and will always have the size and prestige of his market to boost future campaigns. Altuve, on the other hand, is 27 and has earned just under $14 million in his career despite playing at a Hall-of-Fame level for most of it. He finished third in MVP voting last year, and barring further injuries to Trout, he’s probably in for many more second- and third-place finishes. A player this good and this entertaining deserves to finish at least one season atop the podium. Let this one be it.

                          MLB Stat of the Day @MLBStatoftheDay
                          Last player with as many as 37 hits over a 15-game span:

                          Ichiro Suzuki, who had 37 from 7/26-8/10, 2004.

                          Pretty good company.
                          Last player to hit .544 or better over 15 games (min. 60 AB):

                          Chipper Jones, who was 34-for-65 (.548) from 6/26-7/17, 2006.
                          .@JoseAltuve27’s hit totals, by game, past 15 …
                          Four-hit games: 2
                          Three-hit games: 6
                          Two-hit games: 4
                          One-hit games: 3
                          Over his past 15 games, @JoseAltuve27 has gone 37-for-68 for a ridiculous .544/.587/.824 slash line.

                          But wait! There’s more!

                          Daren Willman‏ @darenw
                          This is what Jose Altuve is doing on the road this year

                          If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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                          • #28
                            Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart
                            Altuve will be presented with the prestigious Lou Gehrig Memorial Award during tonight’s pregame ceremony.

                            If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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