José Carlos Altuve is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America.
In baseball and softball, second baseman is a fielding position in the infield, between third and first base.
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The Astros signed Altuve as an amateur free agent on March 6, 2007, and he made his major league debut on July, 20, 2011.
In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team.
(the official) Altuve Polka by Polish Pete by Continental Club - Houston
A right-handed batter and thrower, as of 2017, he is the shortest active MLB player at 5 feet 6 inches.
In spite of his stature, in each of four consecutive seasons from 2014−2017, Altuve has both led the American League in, and collected at least 200 of, hits, and won three batting championships in that span.
The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League, is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada.
A five-time MLB All-Star, Altuve started in his first All-Star Game in 2015, and has also won three Silver Slugger Awards and one Rawlings Gold Glove.
The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball.
In 2014, he became the first player in over 80 years to reach 130 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star Game.
In baseball, a stolen base occurs when a runner advances to a base to which he is not entitled and the official scorer rules that the advance should be credited to the action of the runner.
That same season he became the first Astro to win a batting title after leading the AL with a.341 average.
He is the fifth player to be selected The Sporting News Major League Player of the Year in consecutive years, occurring 2016−2017, and also is a recipient of the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year award.
Baseball America is a sports magazine that covers baseball at every level, with a particular focus on up-and-coming players in high school, college, Japan, and the minor leagues.
From Maracay, Venezuela, Altuve also represented Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic was an international professional baseball competition, composed of 16 competing nations, held from March 6 to March 22, 2017.
Maracay is a city in north-central Venezuela, near the Caribbean coast, and is the capital and most important city of the state of Aragua.
He is under contract with the Astros through the 2018 season.