Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named 2016 Sporting News Player of the Year on Thursday. The Award is voted on by players from both leagues and given to the player who had what they consider to be the most outstanding year.
Altuve won the American League batting title after hitting .338, scoring 108 runs and tallying 96 RBIs. Altuve had 42 doubles, 26 home runs and 30 stolen bases on the season. He led the Major Leagues in hits for 2016 with 216.
Each of the last 10 players to win the Sporting News Player of the Year won an MVP Award in their respective leagues in the same season. Those players include Josh Donaldson (2015), Clayton Kershaw (2014), Miguel Cabrera (2012-13), Justin Verlander (2011), Josh Hamilton (2010), Albert Pujols (2008-09), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Ryan Howard (2006).
Altuve’s season ranks as one of the best by a second baseman in MLB history becoming the first second baseman to reach 100 runs, 200 hits 40 doubles, 20 homers 95 RBI and 30 steals in a single season. He’s just the sixth player ever to do that in one season, regardless of position.