Jose Altuve has been one of the top players in Major League Baseball for several years now, as his eight All-Star selections can attest. Additionally, he has won an MVP Award, three batting titles, a Gold Glove Award and multiple Silver Slugger Awards. His accomplishments and leadership qualities have helped lead the Astros to four division titles, three AL pennants, a World Series title and five consecutive trips to the ALCS. Jose has also been one of the best postseason performers in Major League history. His 23 career home runs in the postseason rank second all-time in MLB history.
Because of his size, Jose has had to overcome doubters throughout his career. At just 5 feet and 5 inches tall, he was not viewed as a prototypical MLB prospect. When he showed up at his first Astros tryout camp in Venezuela at 16 years old, he was sent home and told not to return. However, because of his determination and belief in his ability, he returned the following day and performed well enough to earn a contract. In 2011, by the time he was 20 years old, he had earned his way to the Major League roster. In 2012, he earned his first All-Star selection. Jose’s success serves as an inspiration to many fans, both young and old, to not let height hinder aspirations for success. He relays this message often when speaking to kids.
Since arriving in the Major Leagues in 2011, Jose has devoted a great deal of time and effort to give back to the community and to the fans. Prior to virtually every home game, and before most road games, Jose signs dozens of autographs during batting practice, chatting with fans while also posing for photographs. This is something he makes a point of doing almost every day.
Jose has hosted charity events, supported all of his teammates' charitable efforts and has also participated enthusiastically in all of the Astros fan outreach efforts, which has included the Astros Diamond Dreams Gala, FanFest, Winter Caravan, Picnic in the Park and the annual Charity Gala, many of which raise dollars for the Astros Foundation. Most recently, on July 31, he and his wife, Nina, hosted their second annual Uncork for a Cause charity wine event following the Astros game. The event, which was attended by most of his teammates, raised dollars for the Astros Foundation. At this event, Jose chatted with, signed autographs for, and took photos with most of the fans in attendance. Over the last two years, this event has raised more than $200,000.
For the past several years, Jose has teamed up with various teammates to host “Team Up at Tootsies,” a charity event that has raised dollars for the Jose Altuve Foundation, animal shelters and children’s charities. He will partner with Lance McCullers, Jr. and Kyle Tucker for this year’s Team Up event Sept. 8.
Jose was also active during the pandemic as he and Nina partnered with the Astros Foundation to provided 60,000 meals to Kid’s Meals, Inc. to support children in need.
Over the years, Jose has also made several visits to children battling serious illnesses and has supported several charitable efforts in his native Venezuela.