Altuve, Stanton selected best by fellow players
Jose Altuve, who led the majors in hitting with a .346 average and then hit .310 in the playoffs to lead the Houston Astros to the World Series title, was named the MLB Players Choice Awards Player of the Year and the American League’s Outstanding Player.
Altuve was named to the All-Star team for the seventh time this season. He has 1,250 career hits and trails only Ty Cobb, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron for the most hits by age 27.
Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins earned the National League Outstanding Player award. Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBI this season.
Stanton set Marlins single-season records for home runs – and became the sixth player in history to reach 59 – and RBI. He had a .631 slugging percentage and earned his fourth All-Star berth.
Max Scherzer was named Outstanding Pitcher in the National League. He was 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA for the Washington Nationals. He led the NL with 268 strikeouts and a 0.90 WHIP.
Corey Kluber, who tied for the AL lead in wins with an 18-4 record and led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings, was named the American League Outstanding Pitcher.
The Cleveland Indians ace led the AL in WHIP (0.869), complete games (5) and shutouts (3).
Aaron Judge, who hit 52 home runs for the New York Yankees, was named AL Rookie of the Year, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, whose 39 home runs set a new NL record for rookies, won National League Rookie of the Year.
In other baseball news, Boston Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died on Wednesday due to complications from cancer treatment, the team announced.
The Red Sox signed the 17-year-old out of Venezuela last July, giving him a $3.1 million deal as they envisioned him as their future catcher.
Flores had been undergoing cancer treatment in recent weeks, though the team did not disclose it.
“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement.
“To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us. On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel’s family.”
Flores was a 6-foot-1 switch-hitter who was noted for league system his strong arm. He had yet to begin his career in the Red Sox minor