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Rolling Stone says Jose Altuve was MLB's 'Secret MVP' for 2014

Rolling Stone says Jose Altuve is the 'Secret MVP'

Jose Altuve has been defying expectations his entire career. At 5-foot-6, he didn't look like other Major Leaguers. He was never listed as a top 100 prospect despite hitting .327 through the Minors. Even after hitting a combined .389/.426/.591 between Class A Advanced and Double-A before he was called up in 2011, pundits were reserved in their expectations.  

After two-and-a-half quality Major League seasons, Altuve's 2014 was proof that you should never have doubted him. With quick wrists and the ability to hit anything near the strike zone, Altuve took home the batting title with a .341 average and led the American League in hits (225) and stolen bases (56). That included a record-tying stretch of four-straight multi-steal games that hadn't been touched in 97 years.  

Seriously though, he can hit anything near the strike zone

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But it wasn't just his on-field performance that earned him plaudits from Rolling Stone. As Dan Epstein wrote

"These are star-level numbers, indeed, but Altuve's star has yet to radiate far beyond Minute Maid Park. Then again, it's easy to fly under the radar when you're listed at 5'6" and may actually stand a few inches shorter. That's right, folks - Altuve is the shortest everyday player in MLB since Freddie "The Flea" Patek (who was variously listed at 5'4" and 5'5") started 138 games at shortstop for the AL West-winning Kansas City Royals of 1978. As with Patek, who made the AL All-Star squad three times during his 14-year career, Altuve's game is all about contact and speed, though he's already a much better hitter than Patek ever was. (And no one ever devised a calculator to determine how many "Pateks" a home run ball traveled.)"

I mean, when was the last time you saw the previous year's MVP pick up the next season's Secret MVP?  

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