The Houston Astros finished a disappointing third in the AL West Division, but their second baseman didn’t disappoint, and is their Player of the Year.
The Houston Astros and their fans suffered through six straight losing seasons before emerging in 2015 as an AL Wildcard team.
In that first postseason game for the franchise since dropping the 2005 World Series, the Astros shut out the New York Yankees 3-0 behind a gem from Dallas Keuchel.
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The club then pushed the eventual world champion Kansas City Royals to five games before losing a dramatic ALDS.
Entering 2016, the young and talented Astros were a fashionable pick to go deep into October. Instead a miserable 17-28 start buried them 10 games back in the AL West Division by late May.
The Astros righted their ship in June, fighting back to a winning record. Then they began to chip away at the division lead. They pulled to within just 2.5 games of their Long Star State rivals, the Texas Rangers, in late July.
“If I win, it’s going to be great. If not, I’m going to feel proud because I feel like I did what I had to do to help my team,” said Altuve per Jake Kaplan with the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t want to stop here. Like I’ve said before, and I can say it 100 times, I want to keep getting better.”
If Altuve can actually get better, that will be bad news for the rest of the American League. For 2016, not only is he the Houston Astros Player of the Year, he is one of the top players in the entire sport.