WASHINGTON -- One day after second baseman Jose Altuve returned from a three-day absence from the lineup by getting four hits, Astros manager Bo Porter on Wednesday said Altuve should be a "no-brainer" pick to make the American League All-Star team.
Altuve began play Wednesday leading the Majors with 94 hits, which was six more than any other player. He had recorded multiple hits in 17 of his last 33 games and had 27 multi-hit games, which was tied for third in the Majors.
What's more, Altuve is the only Major Leaguer with at least 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases.
"I think if you were to poll the other coaches and managers that I get an opportunity to talk to, he's the one guy they don't want to see in the box with the game on the line," Porter said. "Again, you look at the fact he's only made [two] errors the entire year and the way he's been the catalyst of our ballclub and the resurgence of our ballclub, if that's not an All-Star, what is?"
Altuve is fifth in the fan voting at the position, trailing Robinson Cano of the Mariners (1,513,052 votes), Ian Kinsler of the Tigers (1,117,345), Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox (1,008,809) and Brian Dozier of the Twins (642,122). Altuve has 556,343 votes for a team that has been in last place all season.
"When you're winning, people want to look a little bit deeper, like, 'OK, why is this team winning?'" Porter said. "Over the last few years that could hurt him, but at the same time if you look at this body of work, it's not like Jose Altuve is a one-hit wonder. You're talking about somebody who's been an All-Star , he's done it year in and year out. His body of work speaks for itself, let alone the performance in which he's displayed this season."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.