He enjoyed a career year in 2014 when he played to his full potential. After stealing multiple bases in four straight games in June, he became the first player since Ray Chapman in 1917 to accomplish this feat.
After Bob Watson’s previous record of 5 games remaining before the midsummer classic was broken by his 124th hit on July 7th, he broke the franchise record for most hits before the All-Star break.
As a result of his outstanding play, he was selected to represent the Astros at the 2014 All-Star Game, a distinction he has now earned twice in three years.
At the time, he had 39 stolen bases, which was 9 fewer than the club record set by Gerald Young before the All-Star break.
On September 10th, he became the second player in Astros history, behind Craig Biggio, to accumulate 200 hits in a season; he was well on his way to matching Biggio’s team record of 210 hits with three weeks left to play.
At the time, he held the top spots in the American League in terms of hits, steals, and batting average.
September 16th, Biggio’s record-breaking day, saw him break the mark by hitting two more times in the same game; he was on a hot streak, attempting to win the first batting title in team history.
For the first time since Charlie Gehringer had 227 hits in 1936, he now holds the record for most second-base hits by a player since Rod Carew had 218 in 1974.
On September 28, he became the first Astros player to win the batting title, finishing the season with 225 hits and a batting average of .341.
The runner-up was Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers, who had a batting average of .335.
His lead against Martinez was originally .003, but he insisted on playing the last day and ended up expanding his margin of victory by a tenth of a point. He also led the American League with 47 doubles and 56 steals.
How Much Does Jose Altuve Make?
Jose Altuve earns an average of $23,357,143 each year. Altuve will be paid a basic salary of $26,000,000 in 2022.