Can we please take a minute to talk about Jose Altuve? The Houston Astros second baseman is having perhaps the greatest July of all time.
I’m a big Altuve fan. He plays the game the right way, and he has fun doing it. Seeing him mess around with guys like Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera always brings a smile to my face.
Altuve is not a man of great stature, as he stands only 5 foot 6, 165 lbs. But the little man packs a punch. Everyone has seen the pictures of Aaron Judge standing next to Altuve, and yes, he looks like an oompa loompa in comparison. But don’t let that fool you! Altuve is the best second baseman in the game right now.
This season, he’s batting .365 with an OPS of over 1.005. To go along with those numbers, he has 15 home runs and 21 stolen bases. That makes him the only player to have reached both of those marks so far this season. But really, what’s .365 mean to Altuve? Nothing more than the number of days in a year.
In the last 30 days… you might want to sit down for this… Jose Altuve is batting .500! In 23 games, he’s 49-98 with 11 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 stolen bases, and 9 walks.
Yes Jose, that’s how I’m looking at those stats too.
Ted Williams once famously said “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” Jose Altuve begs to differ.
I’ve always had a soft spot for short athletes who dominate. Spud Webb is my number one pick on NBA 2K Blacktop mode so I can throw alley-oops to him. Lionel Messi, greatest soccer player in the world? 5 foot 7. Hell, Tyrion Lannister is one of my favorite characters in Game of Thrones. As for baseball, Dustin Pedroia has been atop the short-list for a long time now, and I think it’s time for him to pass the baton to Altuve.
Enough is enough, Jose. Let’s leave some hits for everyone else. Maybe call Rafael Devers and give him some tips on how to produce similar numbers. Please? No? Good talk.
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