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Altuve wins AP Male Athlete of the Year

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Houston Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve has had an amazing year. He guided the Astros to the World Series Championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, then he received the MLB NL MVP.

Altuve has now added the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Award.

“Winning the World Series, winning the MVP, you feel like you have everything,” Altuve said to the Associated Press. “But my perspective is to try and get better every year and if we win one World Series, why not win another one? Just keep playing for the team and keep playing for my city.”

Altuve received 715 points and beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the Award, who finished second with 646 points. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James finished third with 626 points.

His announcement came one day after Katie Ledecky was named the AP Female Athlete of the Year.

Altuve made his fifth All-Star game appearance and had a career-best .346 batting average this past season. He also led the American League with 204 hits. This was the fourth straight year that he has led his league in hits, according to Major League Baseball.

He also had 24 home runs, which was also a career-high, and 81 RBIs. His great season gave Altuve the second MVP award in Astros history, as Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell won the award in 1994.

“I don’t think I’m the face of the city or the Houston Astros,” he said. “I’m just another guy who is playing hard to make dreams come true. My dream was to win the World Series and I know the fans’ dream was to win the World Series as well. So we are on the same page and I really enjoy my time in Houston.”

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