‘Height 168cm → 209 home runs’ Little giant, ‘one club man’ contract extension for 24 years is imminent

 There is a possibility that Jose Altuve (33, Houston), the ‘little giant’ of the Major League, will play as a ‘one-club man’ for nearly 30 years. It looks like a contract extension with Houston until 2029 is imminent.

USA Today recently reported, “The Houston team is prioritizing a contract extension with Altuve this winter.” Altuve’s five-year contract with Houston worth a total of $151 million (about 203.7 billion won) ends after the 2024 season.

The media said, “Houston, led by Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman (29), and closing pitcher Ryan Pressley (35), will become free agents (free agents) after the 2024 season, but the franchise icon and past contributions to the team will be considered.” “Considering this, the top negotiation target is Altuve,” he added.

Altuve, a Venezuelan native, signed with Houston in 2006 when he was 16 years old. However, he moved to the United States two years later in 2008 because of the major league rule that states, ‘You can play professionally from the age of 17.’ In his first year, playing in Houston’s minor league rookie league, Altuve had a mediocre batting average of 0.284. But this was not his true skill.

Altuve, who was assigned to the Rookie League again in 2009, recorded a batting average of 0.324 and 21 stolen bases and was selected as a Rookie League All-Star. He was also the team’s MVP (Best Player). Altuve, who hit single-A high with a batting average of 0.408 in 2011, was soon promoted to double-A, where he also recorded a batting average of 0.361 before making his major league debut in July of that year. This was an achievement achieved in just three years after entering the United States without going through Triple A, the highest level of the minor league.

Altuve was selected as an All-Star in 2012, his first full year in the major leagues, with a batting average of .290, 7 home runs, 37 RBI, and 33 stolen bases. In 2013, he also avoided the jinx of his second year in the big leagues by performing well with a batting average of 0.283, 5 home runs, 52 RBI, and 35 stolen bases.

His third year performance was better. In 2014, Altuve achieved a batting average of 0.341, 7 home runs, 59 RBI, and 56 stolen bases. His batting average and stolen bases led the American League. In addition to being selected as an All-Star again, he also won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the best hitter at each position. It was an amazing achievement achieved by a short athlete with a height of 168cm.

In a past interview with Star News, Altuve explained the secret to his success, saying, “Baseball is not played with height or size, but with passion and effort. Even if you have physical shortcomings, you just have to challenge yourself without giving in to them.” He added, “I have never felt uncomfortable because I am short. Also, when I play baseball on the field, I always think I am on equal footing with other players.”굿모닝토토 도메인

Altuve, in his 13th year in the major leagues, has appeared in a total of 1,668 games and has a batting average of 0.307, 209 home runs, 747 RBI, and 293 stolen bases. His OPS, which is the combination of on-base percentage and slugging percentage, is also excellent at 0.835. He was selected as an All-Star a total of eight times and won the World Series twice. He was an American League Silver Slugger six times and also won MVP honors once (2017). He also played an active part in this year’s postseason with a batting average of 0.286, 4 home runs, and 6 RBIs in 11 games.

USA Today said, “Altuve, who turned 33 this year, does not show any signs of deterioration of the ‘aging curve’ like others. Although he only played in 90 games this season due to injuries such as a thumb fracture, he had a batting average of 0.311 (112 hits in 360 at-bats) and 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. He said, “The OPS was also outstanding at 0.915.”

The media explained, “Houston is making Altuve’s five-year extension contract a top priority for the upcoming offseason. This contract takes effect from the 2025 season and is guaranteed until 2029, when he turns 39.” In that case, Altuve will remain as Houston’s ‘one-club man’ for a whopping 24 years since his first contract in 2006.

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