HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve joined Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins as the finalists for the Players Choice Award's Player of the Year, which is voted on by the players. The winner will be announced on Nov. 8.
Altuve won his third American League batting title and reached 200 hits for the fourth year in a row this season. He hit .346 with 24 homers, 81 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.
"He might need to build a new trophy case for some of these awards that are coming in, and he deserves every bit of the attention that he gets around the league and the awards that are going to keep coming to him," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "But the best part of him is … it's about winning for him. He wants to win. These awards are great, the batting titles are great, the potential MVP is great, and I think it will mean even more if he can do it on a championship team."
The Players Choice Awards on MLB Network benefit the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. The winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust.
The players annually honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, while the Player of the Year and Man of the Year Awards bestow top honors without regard to league. Balloting for the 2017 Players Choice Awards was conducted in all Major League clubhouses on Sept. 19.
The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement, and it has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $4 million to charities around the world.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.