As a result, he was chosen as the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player ahead of New York Yankees’ star Aaron Judge.
Together with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, he was selected Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year,” an award that recognizes sportsmanship, for their contributions to relief operations in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, in addition to his on-field brilliance.
By the year’s end, he had been selected AP Male Athlete Of The Year by the organization.
A five-year, $151 million extension with the Astros was signed on March 16th, 2018, and will begin in 2020. After years of being a bargain, his salary was still under $6 million when he was named MVP.
As of May 25 to 27, he had hit in 10 consecutive at-bats breaking a club record of 8 set in 2012. A leg ailment hampered his performance in the second half, which saw him hit .332 with 9 home runs in 99 games and make the All-Star team for the sixth time.
It took him just 38 games over the final two and a half months to finish at an average of.316 in 137 at-bats.
Although he hit .286 with two doubles and a home run in the Astros’ three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the Division Series, he was clearly hampered in the ALCS, which Houston lost to the Boston Red Sox.
For the second time in as many games, the catcher was shifted to the DH position because of his inability to hit the ball consistently. He had surgery on his right knee two days after the first operation.
Is Jose Altuve Injured?
Altuve was placed on the injured list with a hamstring strain by the Houston Astros.
In order to give Jose Altuve time to recover from a strained left hamstring, the Houston Astros have placed Altuve on the 10-day injured list as of Wednesday.