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Chicks and sportswriters dig the long ball, so Altuve probably won't win the MVP, but he deserves to be in the conversation. He only has two home runs and 27 RBIs, but that hasn't prevented him from being one of the best and most exciting players in the first half of the season.
George Springer talked to Bob Nightengale of USA Today about the impact Altuve has had on the Astros this season.
The dude is unbelievable When he's in the batter's box, everybody in the stadium knows he's going to get a hit, and he does. When he gets on base, everybody knows he's going to steal a base, and he does. He's what makes the Astros go.
Robinson Cano is the starting second baseman for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star game, but Altuve deserves to be. Cano has the name recognition after nine seasons with the New York Yankees, but Altuve has been the better player.
"He's the best player in baseball," Astros manager Bo Porter told Nightengale. "It's not just his numbers, but the impact he has on the game. He's the MVP of this league."