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Jose Altuve Named 2017 Sportsperson Of The Year Along With NFL’s J.J. Watt

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It’s been an eventful couple months for Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

Not only did the 5’6” second baseman help lead the Astros to their first ever World Series championship on November 1, but also won a plethora of awards for his regular season efforts in 2017. Let’s recap in order:

-American League Hank Aaron Award (10/26)
-American League Most Outstanding Player (11/8)
-Major League Player of the Year (11/8)
-American League Silver Slugger (11/9)
-American League Most Valuable Player (11/16)

On Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Altuve collected yet another piece of hardware, earning the Sportsperson of the Year Award courtesy of Sports Illustrated, sharing the honor with J.J. Watt of the National Football League’s Houston Texans.

Watt, 28, helped raise more than $37 million for relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey that plagued Houston in late August. Speaking to the Associated Press, Watt said: “It was incredible to see how people from all over the country, people from all over the world, people from all different backgrounds, all different communities came together to support a city and a people that were having the toughest time of their life.”

Altuve, 27, wore a Houston Strong patch on his jersey along with the rest of his teammates following the aftermath of Harvey. “I know for a fact that our city is really strong because after the hurricane they tried to come back and they tried to get better every, single day and that’s what strong people do. That’s why I feel like the strong patch and the Houston Strong was a good name for the people of Houston,” said Altuve.

“I think the World Series gave the people a big smile and hope during the tough time they were getting through. And I feel really happy that we did it because they really deserved it,” added Altuve.

The Sportsperson of the Year Award has been issued each year since 1954 “to honor a player, coach or team who has best exhibited athletic achievement and sportsmanship on and off the field.”

Extremely well deserved for both individuals. The city of Houston was hit and hit hard; but Altuve and Watt used their platform as professional athletes to make things a little better within the community. If them sharing the award isn’t fitting, what is?

#HoustonStrong!

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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