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It’s Jose Altuve’s 28th birthday, celebrate with 28 things to know about the reigning American League MVP. 

PHOTOS: 28 Things to know about Jose Altuve.

It’s Jose Altuve’s 28th birthday, celebrate with 28 things to know about the reigning American League MVP. 

PHOTOS: 28 Things to know about Jose Altuve.

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1. Altuve, who made his big-league debut in 2011, is the longest tenured Astros player.

1. Altuve, who made his big-league debut in 2011, is the longest tenured Astros player.

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2. In 2017, Altuve became the first Astros player ever to win the Hank Aaron Award. he finished the season with 204 hits, 24 homers and 81 RBI.

2. In 2017, Altuve became the first Astros player ever to win the Hank Aaron Award. he finished the season with 204 hits, 24 homers and 81 RBI.

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3. Altuve’s 845 hits from 2014-2017 are the most by any MLB player during that span. 

3. Altuve’s 845 hits from 2014-2017 are the most by any MLB player during that span. 

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4. In 2014, he became the first player in Astros history to win a batting title after leading the American League – and the majors – with a .341 average. He won his third this season with a career best .346 batting average.  less
4. In 2014, he became the first player in Astros history to win a batting title after leading the American League – and the majors – with a .341 average. He won his third this season with a career best .346 … more

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5. Altuve’s 2014 season also saw him set the single-season franchise record for hits with 225, surpassing the 210 Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (right) had in 1998.

5. Altuve’s 2014 season also saw him set the single-season franchise record for hits with 225, surpassing the 210 Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (right) had in 1998.

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6. Altuve was the subject of the 2015 documentary “Big Dreams: The Jose Altuve Story,” which aired on MLB Network.

6. Altuve was the subject of the 2015 documentary “Big Dreams: The Jose Altuve Story,” which aired on MLB Network.

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7. Altuve became the first player to represent a team in the All-Star Game in different leagues, with his first appearance coming in the Astros’ final National League season in 2012. His other all-star game appearances were in 2014 and 2015, when he was voted in as a starter. less
7. Altuve became the first player to represent a team in the All-Star Game in different leagues, with his first appearance coming in the Astros’ final National League season in 2012. His other all-star game … more

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8. Altuve joins Cesar Cedeno as the only Astros players to have three All-Star Game nominations before the age of 25. 

8. Altuve joins Cesar Cedeno as the only Astros players to have three All-Star Game nominations before the age of 25. 

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9. Altuve won his first career Gold Glove in 2015. He led all MLB second basemen in fielding percentage in 2015 (.993).

9. Altuve won his first career Gold Glove in 2015. He led all MLB second basemen in fielding percentage in 2015 (.993).

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10. Altuve’s first career home run was a lead-off, inside-the-park homer off San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner on Aug. 20, 2011. He became the first major leaguer whose first homer was an inside-the-park job since Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn on May 29, 1948. less
10. Altuve’s first career home run was a lead-off, inside-the-park homer off San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner on Aug. 20, 2011. He became the first major leaguer whose first homer was an inside-the-park job … more

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11. In 2014, Altuve joined Ty Cobb as the only MLB Players to have 225 hits, 47 doubles and 56 stolen bases in a single season. In 1911, Cobb had 248 hits, 47 doubles and 83 steals.

11. In 2014, Altuve joined Ty Cobb as the only MLB Players to have 225 hits, 47 doubles and 56 stolen bases in a single season. In 1911, Cobb had 248 hits, 47 doubles and 83 steals.

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12. Altuve joined Jeff Kent (left) and Craig Biggio as the only Astros second basemen voted to start in the All-Star Game. Altuve was selected for his fifth all-star appearance in 2017 where he started at second base for the third year in a row. He joins Biggio as the only other Astros player to start three consecutive All-Star games.  less
12. Altuve joined Jeff Kent (left) and Craig Biggio as the only Astros second basemen voted to start in the All-Star Game. Altuve was selected for his fifth all-star appearance in 2017 where he started at … more

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13. In 2015, Altuve became just the fourth player in MLB history to record 800 hits, 150 doubles and 150 steals through his first five seasons in the majors. The others are Ray Durham (1995-99), Ben Chapman (1930-34) and Del Pratt (1912-16).

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13. In 2015, Altuve became just the fourth player in MLB history to record 800 hits, 150 doubles and 150 steals through his first five seasons in the majors. The others are Ray Durham (1995-99), Ben Chapman

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14. Altuve’s 830 career hits through his first five seasons were a franchise record, surpassing Cesar Cedeno’s 782 from 1970-74.

14. Altuve’s 830 career hits through his first five seasons were a franchise record, surpassing Cesar Cedeno’s 782 from 1970-74.

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15. In 2015, Altuve was the only major leaguer to notch 40 doubles, 15 homers and 35 stolen bases, and was the first to do so in a season since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011.

15. In 2015, Altuve was the only major leaguer to notch 40 doubles, 15 homers and 35 stolen bases, and was the first to do so in a season since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011.

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16. Altuve has not been placed on the disabled list during his first seven major league seasons.

16. Altuve has not been placed on the disabled list during his first seven major league seasons.

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17. He literally loves Justin Verlander.

17. He literally loves Justin Verlander.

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18. Altuve homered three times during the Astros 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS. He was just the ninth player to hit three home runs in a playoff game and frist to do it since Pablo Sandoval in 2012.  less
18. Altuve homered three times during the Astros 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS. He was just the ninth player to hit three home runs in a playoff game and frist to do it since Pablo … more

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19. Altuve joined Michael Bourn (2008-11), Jose Cruz (1977-80), Cesar Cedeno (1972-77) and Enos Cabell (1976-79) as the only players in Astros history with 30 or more steals in four consecutive seasons. In fact, he’s stolen at least 30 basses in each of the last six seasons. 

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19. Altuve joined Michael Bourn (2008-11), Jose Cruz (1977-80), Cesar Cedeno (1972-77) and Enos Cabell (1976-79) as the only players in Astros history with 30 or more steals in four consecutive seasons. In

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20. Altuve has one walk-off homer to date in his career, on July 23, 2015, against the Red Sox. 

20. Altuve has one walk-off homer to date in his career, on July 23, 2015, against the Red Sox. 

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21. In 2015, Altuve hit safely in 18 consecutive home games from June 4 to July 29, the longest such streak for an Astro since the ballpark opened in 2000.

21. In 2015, Altuve hit safely in 18 consecutive home games from June 4 to July 29, the longest such streak for an Astro since the ballpark opened in 2000.

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22. In 2014, Altuve was among a group of major leaguers who traveled to Japan to play in the 2014 Japan All-Star Series.

22. In 2014, Altuve was among a group of major leaguers who traveled to Japan to play in the 2014 Japan All-Star Series.

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23. Altuve became the quickest player in club history to reach 800 career hits, the previous fastest was Cesar Cedeno in 707 games.

23. Altuve became the quickest player in club history to reach 800 career hits, the previous fastest was Cesar Cedeno in 707 games.

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24. The distance from Houston to Altuve’s hometown of Maracay, Venezuela is 2,242 miles … or roughly 2,185,432.6 Altuves.

24. The distance from Houston to Altuve’s hometown of Maracay, Venezuela is 2,242 miles … or roughly 2,185,432.6 Altuves.

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25. Altuve was called up directly from Class AA Corpus Christi in August 2011 after Jeff Keppinger was traded to the Giants. Altuve only spent 35 games with the Hooks, hitting .361 during his brief Class AA stint. He was a career .327 hitter in the minors. less
25. Altuve was called up directly from Class AA Corpus Christi in August 2011 after Jeff Keppinger was traded to the Giants. Altuve only spent 35 games with the Hooks, hitting .361 during his brief Class AA … more

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26. Altuve represented the Astros on the World Team in the 2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game while he was playing for Class AA Corpus Christi.

26. Altuve represented the Astros on the World Team in the 2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game while he was playing for Class AA Corpus Christi.

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27. Following a 2017 season capped off with an American League MVP and a World Series championship, Altuve signed five-year, $151 million extension to keep him with the Astros through 2024.

27. Following a 2017 season capped off with an American League MVP and a World Series championship, Altuve signed five-year, $151 million extension to keep him with the Astros through 2024.

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28. By winning the American League MVP in 2017, Altuve joins Jeff Bagwel (National League MVP in 1994) as the only other Astros player to win a league MVP award.

28. By winning the American League MVP in 2017, Altuve joins Jeff Bagwel (National League MVP in 1994) as the only other Astros player to win a league MVP award.

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