Jose Altuve is the starting second baseman for the Houston Astros. He's a two-time all-star, and he just won the American League batting title, hitting .341 and leading the league in hits, with an Astros franchise record 225. He also lead the AL in stolen bases with 56. Houston management initially wanted to bench Altuve for the Astros' season-finale to ensure he won the batting title, but he successfully argued his way into the lineup, then went 2-for-4 to seal his place in history.
Jose Altuve is also the shortest player in major league baseball, standing 5'5". BMRN alumnus Dustin Pedroia towers above him, even as they now share one of the blogosphere's most coveted accolades.
Altuve's stature is not only inspirational for diminutive kids of all ages, he's also become part of the lexicon. Astro broadcasters now use 'Altuve' as shorthand for measurement. As in, "that homer traveled 156 Altuves". Careful GTB readers already knew that, of course, as we've got the short dude beat fairly well covered.
Huge(ish) congratulations from our team to Jose's. We'll be expecting big things next year. In a manner of speaking.