The figure of the Venezuelan baseball player José Altuve was once again the center of attention in the world of baseball of the majors when he was chosen for the second consecutive season as the Player of the Year, in the delivery of the Players Choice Awards, awarded by the Baseball Players Union of the majors.
Voting among Major League Baseball players took place on September 19, but the results were not known until Wednesday.
The Venezuelan second baseman, an indisputable star with the Houston Astros, whom he guided to his first World Series, had the recognition of the rest of the major leaguers when they considered him again as the best.
Additionally, for the second year in a row, Altuve was voted the Most Outstanding Player in the American League.
Altuve hit .346 batting average and received the third title in that section of the game at the Young Circuit in the last four years.
The Venezuelan star is the third player to win the Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons, created in 1998.
He joins his compatriot Miguel Cabrera (2012 and 13) with the Detroit Tigers, and the Dominican Albert Pujols (2008 and 2009) with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Altuve outvoted Puerto Rican outfielders Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award.
This distinction is given to the player who most inspires teammates for his performance on the field of play and contributions to the community.
Rizzo was treated for Hodkins lymphoma in 2008. Four years later, he created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research and supports relatives of sick children.
Stanton, an outfielder for the Marlins, was the Most Outstanding Player in the National League. He led the majors with 59 homers and 132 RBIs.
Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was voted the Most Outstanding Pitcher in the National League after he finished the season with a 16-6 winning record, with a 2.51 ERA, in addition to leading the Old Circuit with 268 strikeouts.
The Most Outstanding Pitcher in the American League was Corey Kluber, right-hander for the Cleveland Indians, who finished the season 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA, the best of the majors.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was the AL’s Best Rookie. He set a record for a first-year player with 52 home runs.
In the National, the winner was the first baseman of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cody Bellinger, who achieved a rookie record with 39 home runs at the Old Circuit after making his debut in late April.
The Return of the Year award went to Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, while in the AL, the honors went to Mike Moustakas, third baseman for the Kansas City Royals.
At 33 years old and after shoulder, wrist, thumb, foot, thigh and abdominal injuries, Zimmerman hit .303, with 36 homers and 108 produced.
His production earned him being chosen for the All-Star Game, something he had not achieved since 2009.
Moustakas, 29, came back after tearing his ACL in May 2016. He hit .272 with 38 homers and 85 RBIs.