Altuve (MVP), Hinch (manager) award finalists

Altuve (MVP), Hinch (manager) award finalists

HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Altuve joins Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge and Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez as the three finalists.

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Meanwhile, Astros manager A.J. Hinch is a finalist for the AL Manager of the Year Award, joining Paul Molitor of the Twins and Terry Francona of the Indians.

The ballots for all the BBWAA Awards were due at the end of the regular season, which means playoff performances aren't a factor. Manager of the Year will be announced on Nov. 14, and MVP will be announced on Nov. 16.

Hinch nominated for AL MOY

The only Astros player to win a league MVP Award was Jeff Bagwell, who did it in the National League in 1994.

Altuve, 27, made the All-Star team for the fifth time this season and won his third career batting title, leading the Majors with a .346 batting average. He also hit 24 homers, had 81 RBIs and stole 32 bases to lead the Astros to the AL West division title.

AL MVP Award finalists

With 204 hits, Altuve became the first player in Major League history to be the outright leader in hits in four consecutive seasons, and he became the 11th player in MLB history to record 200 hits in four consecutive seasons. In the AL, he ranked first in infield hits, tied for second in runs, third in on-base percentage, third in stolen bases, third in OPS, fifth in total bases and sixth in slugging.

Altuve hit .421 in Interleague Play, .441 in close-and-late situations and .381 on the road, leading the Majors in all three of those categories.

Astros nominated for MLB Awards

Hinch, in his third season, led the Astros to 101 wins -- one shy of the club record -- and their first division title in 16 years. The Astros overcame long-term injuries to starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh and Charlie Morton and shortstop Carlos Correa.

AL Manager of the Year finalists

Hinch also guided the Astros through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which decimated the city of Houston and forced the Astros to move a home series on the road in late August.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.