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Jose Altuve: ‘I hope to retire’ in Houston

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Jose Altuve: ‘I hope to retire’ in Houston

Jose Altuve has been the face of the Houston Astros since he first debuted with the team in 2011 and he hopes to stay an Astro for life, according to a report by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

Altuve, 32, responded to comments given by new Houston general manager Dana Brown, who said Altuve should retire an Astro.

“I liked when he said that,” Altuve said in response to Brown’s comments. “Obviously, I’ve spent my whole career here and hope to retire here. I think we are on the same page.”

What a storied career looking back on it. He is easily on the short list of the best players in Astros history, sporting two World Series Championships in 2017 and 2022. Not to mention Altuve is an eight-time All-Star, an AL MVP and a five-time Silver Slugger.

Back in March 2018, Altuve signed a five-year, $151 million deal that would keep him an Astro until 2024, his age-34 season.

Altuve had one of his best seasons in a resurgent 2022. He posted his highest slugging percentage since 2019, and 39 doubles; his most since 2017.

Altuve’s Hall of Fame Bid

Of course, Altuve’s legacy will be tarnished by the 2017 Houston Astros: the World Series Champions who were proven cheaters. Because of the scandal, I am unsure if Altuve will ever become a Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible.

Regardless, Altuve is not a Hall of Famer as of today. Listen, his career numbers are undeniable. The second baseman is bearing down on 2,000 career hits to go along with a career .307 batting average, which would land him among the greatest MLB players of all time.

Pete Rose has the most hits of all time, he is not in the Hall of Fame. Barry Bonds, with the most home, runs ever? Nope.

Both were proprietors of scandals that never got them in. Altuve had worse stats than both of these legends.

If it was up to me, all three of these guys would be Hall of Famers. But, MLB is historically stingy.

In any event, Altuve will retire an Astros legend and will find himself in Houston’s Hall of Fame. Will he end up in Cooperstown? I’m not sure.

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