Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, Astros' Jose Altuve win MLB MVP Awards

Ross Houston
November 17, 2017

Stanton earned 302 points to Votto's 300 in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The respective candidacies of Judge and Altuve seemed hard to distinguish given their divergent skill-sets, and even the two wins-above-replacement metrics - the catchall statistic created to measure a player's overall value - disagreed on who was better, with the version favoring Judge and the version preferring Altuve.

Aaron Judge previously captured the AL Rookie of the Year award in unanimous fashion. There was the video-game-like slash line of.346/.410/.547 to go along with solid power numbers of 24 home runs and 81 RBI.

Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis, the Kansas City trio of first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain, pitchers Lance Lynn (St. Louis), Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay) and Greg Holland (Colorado) and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana received the one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer on November 6.

Despite Stanton's performance, the Marlins missed the playoffs, finishing a distant second behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East with a record of 77-85.

He finished with 405 points, well ahead of New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge.

In this August 10, 2017, file photo, .

Altuve, 27, led the majors in batting average and had 204 hits during a campaign that saw the Astros win their first world championship in the franchise's 55-year history. Voting for these honours was completed before the post-season began.

Altuve was the second Houston player to win an MVP - Jeff Bagwell earned the 1994 NL award.

Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs.

That home run total was the most since Barry Bonds' 73 homers in 2001. Judge was second with 279 (two first-place votes), and Ramirez had 237 (one first-place vote).

The last time an MVP race was so close, Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez tied for the NL prize in 1979. Both Stanton's Marlins and Votto's Reds finished below.500 and were a combined 44 games out of first place, but few voters appeared to penalize them for that.

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