Houston's sparkplug carried home a big prize Thursday. Jose Altuve won the American League Most Valuable Player Award for a season where he led the league in batting average (.346) and hits (204) while blasting 24 homers, stealing 32 bases and carrying a .957 OPS.
Altuve: Take a bow
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Altuve is the second Astro to claim the prize. Jeff Bagwell won the National League MVP Award in the abbreviated 1994 season. Altuve is the first AL MVP to win the prize and win a World Series in the same year since Willie Hernandez of Detroit in 1984.
Second Basemen generally don't win this award. Altuve is just the fifth at his position to earn the prize. Altuve claimed 27 of the 30 first-place votes with New York Yankee outfielder Aaron Judge finishing second and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez finishing third.
In other news, A.J. Hinch finished third in the AL Manager of the Year voting which Minnesota's Paul Molitor won.
Also, 20-year veteran Carlos Beltran announced his retirement after finally winning the World Series he waited so long to achieve. Next up for him is Hall-of-Fame voting in five years.