The Astros second basemen José Altuve has been voted American League MVP for the 2017 season. The 27 year-old beat out the 2017 Rookie of the Year – Yankees power-hitter Aaron Judge, as well as the Cleveland Indians second basemen José Ramírez. Altuve joins Jeff Bagwell as the only Astros to win league MVP.
Altuve celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series
In the regular season Altuve hit 24 homeruns, knocked in 81 RBI’s, scored 112 runs, and had 32 stolen bases with a .268 batting average. In the postseason he hit 7 homeruns, batted it 14 RBI’s, had 2 stolen bases with a solid .310 batting average as he helped his club win the World Series – the first championship in Astros franchise history.
Altuve was apart of the 100-loss seasons in Houston, and after years of rebuilding their franchise – they finally achieved the ultimate goal in baseball, and the amateur free-agent they signed in 2007 is the American leagues MVP.