Alvarez, Tucker earn All-MLB nods for 3rd straight year

December 17th, 2023

HOUSTON -- Astros sluggers and took home Second Team honors on Saturday during MLB Network’s All-MLB Team Show presented by MGM Rewards.

Alvarez batted .293 with 31 homers, 97 RBIs, a .407 on-base percentage and a .990 OPS in 114 games last season, having missed six weeks with an oblique injury. The designated hitter finished 13th in American League MVP voting this year and would certainly have been higher with a full season of work.

Alvarez set a club record with a 36-game on-base streak to begin the season and was selected to his second career All-Star team, though he didn’t play because of the injury. He reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances Aug. 28-29 in Boston.

Tucker -- who had a slash line of .284/.369/.517 with 29 homers, 30 steals and an AL-leading 112 RBIs -- finished fifth in the AL MVP voting. The outfielder was named the Astros’ Most Valuable Player by the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He was named to his second All-Star team this summer and also won his first AL Silver Slugger Award.

Tucker batted .354 with runners in scoring position and hit three homers in a game for the first time on July 21 at Oakland. He also became the first player in Astros history to triple twice in one inning, on Sept. 10 vs. the Padres.

All-MLB honors, first established in 2019, recognize the best players at each position across the Majors each season. Fan voting accounted for half of the selection process, with the other 50% coming from a panel of media members, broadcasters, former players and other baseball officials. Voters were asked to consider only performance during the regular season.