Altuve wins GIBBY for Breakout Everyday Player of the Year

Altuve wins GIBBY for Breakout Everyday Player of the Year

HOUSTON -- The recognition keeps piling up for Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

Altuve, who won the American League batting crown and Silver Slugger Award at second base, has added MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Award to his resume. The 5-foot-6 dynamo won the award for Breakout Everyday Player of the Year after leading the Majors with a .341 batting average and setting a club record with 225 hits.

Altuve, who also led the AL in hits and stolen bases, is the first Astros player to win a batting title. His 225 hits are the most by a second baseman since Charlie Gehringer had 227 for the Tigers in 1936, and he set the single-season hits record by a Venezuelan-born player. He also posted franchise records for multi-hit games (69), three-hit games (24) and singles (168), all of which led the Majors.

Major League Baseball's A-listers won 2014 GIBBY trophies based on votes by broadcasters, reporters, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature winners in 25 categories. Individual honors went to the Most Valuable Major Leaguer, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, everyday player, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout everyday player, breakout pitcher, bounceback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason MVP.

GIBBY trophies also were awarded for the year's top regular-season play, outfield throw, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 Topic, regular-season moment, postseason storyline, postseason walk-off and postseason play.

In the past several seasons, fans have cast millions of votes across the GIBBY categories, none of which is restricted to individual league affiliation. That's how you know the GIBBYs consider the best of the best.

All 30 clubs were represented among the award candidates, which is a testament to the competitive balance around the game.

Winners were announced live during an awards show on MLB Network and MLB.com on Saturday night.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.