HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the 2016 Sporting News Major League Baseball Player of the year.
The award is voted on by the players.
Altuve is just the second player in Astros franchise history to win the honor from the Sporting News.
Jeff Bagwell won the players’ vote in 1994.
In 2016 Altuve led the American League in hitting (.338) and MLB in hits (216).
He also had career highs in home runs (24) and RBIs (96).
Over the past 10 years the winner of the Sporting News Player of the Year has gone on to win the MVP award from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The Sporting News first Player of the Year was New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell in 1936.
Other greats of the game who have won the honor include Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.
You can add Jose Altuve’s name to that incredible list.