Houston Astros star Jose Altuve has made franchise history. Altuve is the fastest player to get to 1,000 hits in the history of the Astros franchise.
Altuve is not only managing to get tons of hits throughout his career, he also has a very high batting average. This season, Altuve has a .365 batting average; with the next closest person to him being Mookie Betts who has a .315 batting average. Altuve was able to get to 1,000 hits, 45 games before all-time hits leader Pete Rose was able to.
“I’m so proud of that guy,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said to MLB.com. “He continues to be exceptional, and to have that moment where, in front of our home crowd, he can get his 1,000th hit in a very short time in his career is a real highlight in my career.”
Altuve is in the running for MVP this season, but with the team not playing well at the moment, that chance could be out the window. The Astros are definitely going to need Altuve to keep playing this way in order to get back in the playoff hunt once again. Altuve has always been about improving on the field.
“I feel right now like I don’t want to stop,” Altuve said to MLB.com. “I want to keep getting better and help my team, and I’m not going to be [satisfied] until I take my team to the World Series.”
Altuve has received numerous awards during his time in the majors, but he will not be happy with himself until he reaches the ultimate goal; a World Series championship, which every player dreams of. Altuve has the ability to join another Astros legend, Craig Biggio, if he stays on this pace and reaches the 3,000 hit milestone.