Jose Altuve finished the 2017 regular season with a major league-best .346 batting average and secured his third American League batting title in the last four seasons.
Altuve’s average set a career high and was the best by an Astro since Moises Alou hit .355 in 2000. The Astros’ star second baseman batted .341 when he won his 2014 batting title and .338 last year. He joined Miguel Cabrera (four) and Joe Mauer (three) as recent American League players to win at least three career batting titles. Ty Cobb holds the AL record with 11.
Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia, also from Venezuela and a friend of Altuve, finished second in AL batting average at .330. Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies won the NL batting title with a .331 clip. Blackmon also led the majors in hits with 213.
Altuve, who went 0-for-2 in the Astros’ regular season finale at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon, finished a double shy of 40 for the season. His 204 hits were 12 more than the AL player with the next-most, Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer.
By Jake Kaplan