Stanton, Altuve named Aaron Award winners –

“Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton are two of our sport’s elite offensive performers,” Manfred said. “While they have contrasting styles of play, Jose and Giancarlo demonstrate that talent, character and work ethic — attributes synonymous with the life and career of Hank Aaron — are the keys to success in our great game. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate both players on their many contributions to a memorable 2017 season.”

“I am very proud of these two young men for their great accomplishments on the field, as well as how they carry themselves off the field,” said Aaron, who hit 755 career home runs. “Not only are Jose and Giancarlo two tremendous baseball talents, but they also are wonderful ambassadors of our great sport and truly epitomize everything that is dear to me about baseball.”

Altuve, appearing in uniform before rejoining his Astros teammates for Game 2, became the first Houston player to win a Hank Aaron Award. He received the American League honor after becoming the first player to lead either league in hits outright for four consecutive years. The Venezuela native led the Majors in batting average by hitting .346 while leading the AL with 204 hits. Altuve finished tied for second in the AL in runs (112); ranked third in steals (32), OPS (.957) and on-base percentage (.410); and was seventh in slugging (.547). He had 24 home runs, 81 RBIs and 39 doubles.

Leading the Astros to 101 victories, Altuve hit a Major League-best .441 (26-for-59) with a .661 slugging percentage and a 1.190 OPS in close-and-late situations. The five-time All-Star also batted .361 from the seventh inning on and .342 with two outs. He became just the fourth right-handed hitter in Major League history to reach 200 hits in four or more

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