Al­tuve, Stan­ton se­lected best by fel­low play­ers

Jerusalem Post - - SPORTS -

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

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