Astros 2nd baseman Jose Altuve an AL MVP finalist

- Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is among three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America American League Most Valuable Player Award, along with Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts.

 "I think he should win it," said Altuve's teammate Carlos Correa, who won Jackie Robinson AL Rookie of the Year, MLBPA Players Choice Award for the AL Most Outstanding Rookie and Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2015.

Venezuela-born Altuve, 26, was named to the AL All-Star Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016, in addition to the National League All-Star team in 2012 during his first full season with the Astros. During 161 games in the 2016 season, Altuve hit .338, stole 30 bases, hit 42 doubles and reached a career high in home runs with 24, RBI with 96 and 108 runs scored.

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