HOUSTON - The Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve has been named a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfield Mike Trout are the other finalists for the award.
Altuve won the AL batting title with a .338 average, posting 108 runs scored, 24 home runs, 42 doubles, 96 RBI and 30 stolen bases. He also posted a .396 on-base percentage, a .531 slugging percentage and a .928 OPS.
Altuve led the league in hits and tied for second in stolen bases, third in WAR (7.6), tied for third in doubles, fourth in OBP, fourth in total bases (340) and fifth in OPS.
The Astros’ second baseman was named the 2016 Sporting News Player of the Year and awarded AL Player of the Month for June and AL Player of the Week for the week of April 11-17. Altuve would become just the second Astro and first since Jeff Bagwell to win a Baseball Writers Association of America’s MVP award.
MVP awards for both the AL and the National League will be announced on Nov. 17.
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