Jose Altuve wins American League MVP
Second baseman helped Astros to World Series title
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve capped off his championship season by winning the American League MVP award Thursday.
He received 27 of 30 first-place votes in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to go along with three second-place votes for a total of 405 points.
AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees finished a distant second place with 279 points, including two first-place votes, 27 for second and one for third.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez finished in third place with 237 points, including one first-place vote.
Altuve, 27, led the majors with a .346 batting average in 2017 and added 24 home runs, 112 runs and 81 RBIs. He adds the MVP award to not only a World Series trophy, but also his fourth-straight Silver Slugger Award and the AL Hank Aaron Award, given to the player selected as the top hitter for the season.
He helped the Astros to a 101-61 record, good for second best in the American League and third best overall.
He also came up big in the playoffs, hitting for a .310 average with seven homers, two doubles and 14 RBIs to help Houston to the franchise's first World Series championship.
The five-time All-Star has now led the AL in batting average three times and twice in stolen bases.