José Altuve is the AP Athlete of the Year

2017 was a fantastic year for the great Venezuelan player Jose Altuve, who continues to expand his list of individual awards. On this occasion, he was named Male Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press (AP).

The second baseman led the Houston Astros to their first World Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in November. Soon after, he was designated the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the American League.

“Win the World Series, win the MVP, you think you have everything,” Altuve told AP. “My perspective is to try to improve every year and if we win a World Series, why not win another? Keep playing for the team and keep playing for my city, “he added.

The result of the vote, in which editors and directors of news of the United States participated, left Tom Brady, quarterback of the Patriots of New England, in the second position with 646, followed of the star of the Cavaliers of Cleveland, LeBron James, with 626.

Altuve was unanimously honored by ESPN as the Best Latino of the Year and by the Circle of Sports Journalists of Venezuela as the Athlete of the Year. She was also the Personality of the Year for Sports Illustrated magazine .

The 27-year-old criollo led the Major Leagues with a .346 average and the AL with 204 hits.

He is the first player in the history of the Majors who leads his league in hits in four consecutive seasons. He repeated his personal record of 24 homers and reaped 81 RBIs.

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