2017 World Series Champion, three-time batting champ, four time AL hits leader and now, AL MVP.
Jose Altuve has surpassed every expectation putting on him coming in the league and has now received the highest individual honor a player can achieve.
Altuve received 27 of the 30 first place votes on the ballots. Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge received two votes while Indians infielder Jose Ramirez received only one.
This left Altuve with 405 total points, Judge with 279 and Ramirez with 237.
Altuve tied former Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and onetime Philadelphia A’s pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest MVPs in baseball history.
On the National League Side, Giancarlo Stanton was named the MVP making him the tallest to ever win that award.
“That’s what I love about baseball, that it gives the opportunity for every single guy to develop and play the game,” Altuve said. “There’s not a rule that you have to be 6 foot or you have to be real strong to play baseball or to become a good player.’’
Altuve was the leader of the Houston Astros hitting this year. He finished the season with a league-best .346 average along with 24 home runs, 81 RBI and 32 steals.
Things have change dramatically for Altuve as he was one of the only remaining players from the 2013 Astros team which finished with 111 losses in a single season.