The diminutive player leads the majors with 130 base hits and 41 stolen bases, thus becoming the first major league player to hold those numbers before the All-Star break since 1933.
Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez says, “Yeah he’s been pretty fun to watch this year. He seems like he’s getting two hits a night, three hits and then watch him get on base and then steal two bases.”
Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman adds, “It’s unbelievable to watch. even guys on the other team notice it and ask me how good isthis guy and it’s just that we’re watching something special. I couldn’t be happier for him . He’s a great ball player and an even better person.”
Astros designated hitter Chris Carter says, “It’s just crazy to see him out there every day getting two hits every game and stealing bases, playing the way he has been and he’s been amazing for us and I wish him the best of luck in the All-Star Game.”
Before taking off for Minnesota to play in the mid-summer classic, Altuve was honored pre-game when one 27, Bob Watson, came together with another 27, Altuve, to celebrate the new Astros hit king before the All-Star break. Watson had held the record with 123 hits before the break in 1973. Forty-one years later that mark belongs to the five-foot-five firecracker.
Watson says, “He is a solid young man and he plays the game right. He understands his strength and his weaknesses. His strength is foot speed and he puts the ball in play.”
Altuve adds, “I would say it was a good first half for us. I think we play really good baseball. I was just trying to get on base and help my team to win. We’re going to come back second half and do the best we can.”
If the rest of the Astros can start hitting like Altuve, then this second half will be something special.