Jose Altuve

Schmuck: Jose Altuve reminds us all why baseball stands tall

Schmuck: Jose Altuve reminds us all why baseball stands tall

All hail the conquering little hero. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve — all 5-foot-6, 160 pounds of him — is the American League Most Valuable Player.

No one should be terribly surprised about this. The 27-year-old Venezuelan who led the Astros to their first World Series title this season clearly is the best pure hitter in the game and put up the best numbers of his career.

Not bad for a young man who got turned away from an Astros tryout camp in Venezuela because — at the time — he wasn’t much bigger than countryman and two-time Preakness-winning jockey Javier Castellano.

The story is particularly delicious because Altuve’s chief MVP rival was Rookie of the...

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