Astros' Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins' Stanton earns NL honor

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.
    
The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
    
Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.
    
The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.
    
Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.
    
Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.
    
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.
    
In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton, the native of Linden, CA, became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs.
 

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