We get it, Altuve is short. No need for him to get the first grader urinal though.
For a small guy — he’s 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds — Altuve packs quite the punch. He smacked 15 home runs last season and hit .341 two seasons ago to capture the batting crown. And good thing he has a sense of humor too.
The Royals are currently dominating the American League All-Star Game voting with seven players projected to start their respective positions at the most recent update. However, the Astros are doing their best to see to it one of their guys leap frogs one of the Royals for a starting spot.
While Omar Infante is currently holding the top spot for second base, it’s seen a travesty by many that he was ahead of Jose Altuve, who is clearly more deserving. On Saturday, Astros players and coaches wore the above pictured shirts which read “Yes Way, Jose” on the front during pregame activities. The words were accompanied by a photo of Altuve holding two thumbs up. The shirts were also given to the first 10,000 fans at Minute Maid Park for Houston’s game against the Yankees.
After the second voting update, released on June 1, Altuve was the leader for second base by 557,153 votes. Since then, Infante has surged ahead with Altuve now trailing by 435,540, according to the update released on June 22.
Even if he isn’t voted in as a starter, Jose Altuve will certainly be among those representing the American League at this year’s game in Cincinnati. With All-Star game voting set to end next Thursday, there’s still time for a last minute push so Altuve isn’t a reserve, as he was a year ago.
Jose Altuve has a season to remember for the Houston Astros. On Monday, Altuve added to his 2014 highlight reel by going airborne to hit a pitch by Roman Mendez that was just a bit above the strike zone … all in the name of doing his job on a hit and run.
With the hit and run called, it was Altuve’s job to swing at the pitch regardless of where it was thrown, and the goal was for him to hit the ball on the ground to the right side where there would be a hole because of the second baseman covering for the stolen base attempt.
The Astros probably knew they could trust Altuve on the play after seeing him perfectly execute a hit and run on another high pitch Friday:
For all of his talents, it’s worth noting Altuve is listed at 5’6″, which no doubt adds to the greatness of the moment.
With less than a week remaining in the regular season, Jose Altuve leads the majors with a .345 average and 220 hits. Unfortunately, he was unable to add another hit to his total on this particular pitch, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Altuve also leads the American League with 54 stolen bases.