Jose Altuve was the leader of the Houston Astros in 2017 and the team’s biggest catalyst to winning the first World Series title in franchise history last month. He also won the first MVP trophy for any Astros player in over decades just two weeks later.
As his bigger than life 2017 comes to an end, the second baseman is looking for more already. Altuve said that winning a World Series title and the MVP makes you feel as if have everything, but his perspective is try to get better each year, and if we have won one World Series why not another.
Altuve is one of just a few players remaining on the team who endured the painful rebuilding of the Astros that culminated with the World Series championship, which helped to give hope to a city that was ravaged in September by Hurricane Harvey.
Results of the voting by news directors and editors in the U.S. were announced on Wednesday. The diminutive Altuve, who stands 5-foot-6 received 715 points, which was good enough to better the 646 points of second place Tom Brady the New England Patriots star quarterback and the 626 points of third place LeBron James the star with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Altuve has been an All-Star five times and led the majors this past season in batting with an average of .346, which was his career-high. His 204 hits were top in the American League. Altuve became the first player in the history of MLB to lead his league in hits over four consecutive seasons. His 24 home runs tied his career best and he added 81 RBIs.
The 112 runs he scored was second for the AL, his on-base percentage of .410 was third, he finished third in steals with 32 and his slugging percentage of .547 was sixth.
He became the second Astro to win the MVP award joining Jeff Bagwell a Hall of Famer who won the award in 1994 when the Astros played in the National League.
Altuve’s great play in the regular season continued into the playoffs where he hit .533 in the ALDS against Boston with a slugging percentage of 1.133.
Altuve played in obscurity his early years in Houston, as the Astros lost 100 or more games in all three of the first three full seasons he played with the club between 2011 and 2013.
However, this season his superstar status was confirmed as Houston won 101 games and Altuve became a local legend after hitting three homers against Boston in Game 1 of the ALDS.