30 Facts About Jose Altuve

1. Jose Altuve has cited fellow Venezuelan designated hitter and catcher Victor Martinez as a mentor.

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2. On October 19, 2018, Jose Altuve officially underwent surgery to repair a patella avulsion fracture in his right knee.

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3. On July 8, 2018, Jose Altuve was selected as the starting second baseman for the American League in the All-Star Game, collecting the most votes of any player with 4,849,630 votes.

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4. Jose Altuve became the 20th player to appear in 1,000 games for the Astros.

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5. Jose Altuve reached 1,000 games played in his career on April 17, 2018, versus the Seattle Mariners.

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6. Jose Altuve was selected the 2017 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

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7. Jose Altuve became the 18th Major League Baseball player to win the award in its 64-year history, and both the first Houston Astro and first Venezuelan player.

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8. Jose Altuve became the first player since Buster Posey in 2012—and the eighth player overall—to win a batting title, MVP and World Series in the same season.

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9. Jose Altuve became the tenth second baseman to be granted MVP, and was the shortest player to win since Phil Rizzuto, 5' 6", in 1950.

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10. Jose Altuve won his fourth consecutive and overall Silver Slugger Award at second base.

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11. Jose Altuve was the first second baseman and first Astro ever to win it.

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12. Jose Altuve established a franchise record for total hits in a postseason.

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13. Jose Altuve became the first hitter in Major League history to solely lead his respective league in hits for four years in a row while collecting his third career batting title.

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14. Jose Altuve concluded the 2017 campaign by playing in 153 contests with an MLB-leading and career-best.

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15. Jose Altuve served as the Astros' number three hitter during the 2017 season.

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16. Jose Altuve found a power surge with 42 doubles, a career-high 24 home runs, and a career-high 96 RBI.

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17. Jose Altuve became an All-Star selection for the fourth time of his career, and started for the second consecutive time.

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18. Jose Altuve was awarded his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award for second base on November 10, 2015.

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19. On September 11, 2015, Jose Altuve recorded his 800th career hit, surpassing Biggio for the fastest Astro player to reach 800 hits.

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20. Jose Altuve was bestowed his first iteration of the Luis Aparicio Award, annually given to the Venezuelan judged to produce the best individual performance.

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21. Jose Altuve won the first Silver Slugger Award of his career, as the top hitter among American League second basemen.

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22. Jose Altuve became the first Astros player to win a batting title.

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23. Jose Altuve hit 47 doubles, seven home runs, and 59 RBI.

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24. Jose Altuve became the first MLB player since 1933 to have 130 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star Break.

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25. Jose Altuve had 82 hits in winter league, bringing his cumulative year-end count to 282.

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26. Jose Altuve finished 2011 with 898 aggregated plate appearances, including 391 in the minors, 234 with Houston, and 273 with the Magallanes.

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27. On July 27, 2011, Jose Altuve tied Russ Johnson for the Astros record for most consecutive games with a hit to start a career with 7.

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28. Jose Altuve was named the second baseman on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All-Star team.

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29. Jose Altuve was named the second baseman on Baseball Americas 2011 Minor League All Star Team as well as the Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year.

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30. At age 16, Jose Altuve attended a Houston Astros' tryout camp in Maracay.

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