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Astros’ Jose Altuve earns 2nd American League batting title in 3 years

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Houston’s second baseman produces MVP-like season with .338 average.

MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Not much has gone right for the Houston Astros in 2016. Except Jose Altuve. Altuve was the Astros’ dynamo, batting in the No. 3 hole for much of the season.

Altuve finished the season batting .338 with 216 hits, to win the 2016 American league batting title for the second time in three seasons. It was also Altuve’s second season in three years that he led the AL in hits.

Altuve is the first second baseman to win multiple batting titles since Rod Carew, who won five as a second baseman between 1969-75.

Altuve led the AL in batting average (.338), hits (216), four-hit games (8), and three-hit games (23-tied).

He was was in the top five in total bases (340, 4th), steals (30, 2nd), WAR (7.7, 3rd), doubles (42, 3rd), on-base percentage (.396, 4th), and (.928, OPS).

Altuve previous led the AL in batting average (.341) and hits (225) in 2014.