Venezuelan second baseman José Altuve, of the Houston Astros, unanimously received the ‘Luis Aparicio’ award, which recognizes the most outstanding player from that country annually in the Major Leagues, organizers reported before starting the second game of the World Series in Los Angeles.
Altuve is participating in the World Series with the Astros, who lost 3-1 to the Dodgers in Game 1 last night.
This is the third scroll of this type that Altuve has received (he also won it in 2014 and 2016) and the first that he has received with all the votes of the jury.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has won it five times, including three in a row unanimously.
Outfielder Ender Inciarte of the Atlanta Braves and pitcher Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians placed second and third, respectively, in the trophy honoring the only Venezuelan in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
In the 2017 campaign, Altuve won his third consecutive batting title and became the first player with four consecutive hits, with his fourth season of 200 hits.
Altuve hit .346 to lead both leagues, as well as leading the American League with 204 hits, 59 games with more than one hit and 23 games of three or more hits; he was second in steals (32) and runs scored (112); sixth in Slugging (.547) and ninth in doubles (39).
The stellar second baseman hit 24 home runs and drove in 81 runs while helping the Astros win the AL West by 21 games, the largest margin in franchise history.
Altuve and rookie outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees are the leading contenders for the American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) award.
Altuve also received the ‘Hank Aaron’ award – best offense – in his League, while Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) received it for the National League, awards that are also awarded in the framework of the World Series.