Jose Altuve named Player of the Year by fellow MLB players

Jose Altuve, who led the majors in hitting with a .346 average and then hit .310 in the playoffs to lead the Houston Astros to the World Series title, was named the MLB Players Choice Awards Player of the Year and the American League’s Outstanding Player.

Altuve was named to the All-Star team for the seventh time this season. He has 1,250 career hits and trails only Ty Cobb, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron for the most hits by age 27.

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins earned the National League Outstanding Player award. Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBI this season.

Stanton set Marlins single-season records for home runs and became the sixth player in history to reach 59  and RBI. He had a .631 slugging percentage and earned his fourth All-Star berth.

Max Scherzer was named Outstanding Pitcher in the National League. He was 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA for the Washington Nationals. He led the NL with 268 strikeouts and a 0.90 WHIP.

It is the second time Scherzer has won an Outstanding Pitcher award after he won in the AL award in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw are expected to finish 1-2 in NL Cy Young Award voting when those results are announced Nov. 15.

 Corey Kluber, who tied for the AL lead in wins with an 18-4 record and led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings, was named the American League Outstanding Pitcher.

The Cleveland Indians ace led the AL in WHIP (0.869), complete games (5) and shutouts (3).

Aaron Judge, who hit 52 home runs for the New York Yankees, was named AL Rookie of the Year, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, whose 39 home runs set a new NL record for rookies, won National League Rookie of the Year.

Ryan Zimmerman of the Natonals and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals won Comeback Player in the NL and AL, respectively.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won the Marvin Miller Award, given to a player who “inspires his fellow players through his on-field performances and contributions to his community.” Rizzo also won the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Major League Baseball to the player who “best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions.”

 

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