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Altuve wins the American League batting title

Altuve wins the American League batting title

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on September 29, 2014

Jose Altuve hit 4-0 on Saturday and left his average at .340. Meanwhile, his compatriot Victor Martinez linked Detroit 2-1 and placed with an average of .337. On Sunday would be exciting by batting for the crown of the American League, but something was sure, it would be for the Venezuelan player.

Altuve had chosen as head of the sidereal and singled twice in four at-bats to leave his .341 average. While that happened in New York, in the Motor City, Martinez had no luck at the plate in three shifts and average dropped to .335. The little giant Astros raised his arms and became the fifth Venezuelan champion bat in the history of Major League Baseball.

Total control. The first was Andres Galarraga in 1993 after Magglio Ordonez in 2007, three years later, Carlos Gonzalez, from 2011-2013, Miguel Cabrera took the honors batting in the lead and this year Altuve  is on the throne.

Although in history there have been only five winning Venezuelan batting championship, Venezuelan’s control in that area is magnified because there has been a leader in that department in the last five seasons. González in 2010 in the National League and since 2011 to 2014, Cabrera and Altuve have divided the leaderships.

13 years later. The unbeatable Ichiro Suzuki won in 2001 to lead the department of stolen bases and also the average in the uniform of the Seattle Mariners.

Since that campaign that did not happen in the best baseball in the world, until Altuve with 56 cheated and did it .341 average this year. In this list there are only six players in the history of the game: Benny Kauff, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Suzuki and now Venezuela.

But it does not stop there. Altuve also billed 47 doubles to stay in second place of the numeral in their league, behind compatriot Cabrera who hit 52.

Houston second baseman entered another select group to be the eighth player who scores a season of 200 or more hits, 40 doubles and 50 or more stolen bases or more. The latter was Hanley Ramirez in 2007, and it took seven years for it to happen again, this time with Altuve. The group is completed by Craig Biggio (1998), George Sisler (1922), Ty Cobb (1917 and 1911), Benny Kauff (1914) and Tris Speaker (1912).

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