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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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