Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros’ second baseman, has been named to the 2014 American League All-Star team.
Major league baseball announced that Altuve has made the team as a reserve.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 6, 2014
Jose Altuve, 24, made his second All-Star team in his career; he was named a ‘National League All-Star’ in 2012. He currently leads the American League in hits (122), batting average (.337) and stolen bases (38).
Jose Altuve has had an excellent first half of the season. He is tied for fifth in all of Major League Baseball, in doubles, with 26. He became the first player in almost a hundred years to record a multi-steal game, in four consecutive contests.
When Altuve heard the news, he immediately thanked Houston Astros teammates, and coaching staff, for his achievements.
“It feels really good. First of all, I want to thank all the players, and I want to thank all the fans that voted for me, too. But this is really important: One thing I have to say is it wouldn’t happen without my teammates and my coaching staff. I don’t want to mention all those names, but I want to thank all the guys that are in the room. They’re doing everything for me and trying to support me.”
Altuve’s words say it all. He is an ultimate professional and team player; he played an instrumental role in the Astros’ hot streak in June.
Jose Altuve had a monster month of June, the 5’6″ second baseman hit .411 with 39 hits and was a perfect 17-for-17 on stolen base attempts.
He will represent the Houston Astros, at Target Field, in Minneapolis on July 15. Altuve is the third Asrtos’ second baseman to make the All-Star team. Joe Morgan and Craig Biggio both represented the Astros on All-Star teams, Biggio making it six times.
Congratulations Jose Altuve! Represent Houston well in Minnesota!