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Astros' Jose Altuve honored with Hank Aaron Award as best offensive player in the American League

Hank Aaron and Jose Altuve (Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency)
Hank Aaron and Jose Altuve (Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency)

An hour before Wednesday’s first pitch of this World Series’ second game, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve took a seat next to Hank Aaron in an underground conference room. 

Altuve was receiving his first Hank Aaron Award, as the most outstanding offensive performer in the American League. Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, a Los Angeles native, won the National League award and attended the news conference. Stanton also won the award in 2014, when Angels center fielder Mike Trout won the American League honor.

Major League Baseball created the award in 1999. The results are a combination of voting from fans and a panel of Hall of Famers convened by Aaron. The 83-year-old legend complimented both players’ performances and referenced Altuve’s 5-foot-6 frame in saying that he “stood tall” this season.

“There are not many players I’d pay to see, but I’d pay to see Altuve,” Aaron said.

Altuve led the major leagues with a .346 average and 204 hits this season. He has led the American League in hits for four consecutive seasons but has never finished in the top two of voting for most valuable player.

He’s almost certain to do so this year, and he’s likely to win the award outright. First comes the rest of this World Series, and before that, the Aaron Award.

“It’s really special,” Altuve said. “I really appreciate what Hank said about me.”

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