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MLB players honor Jose Altuve with Most Outstanding Award

Jose Altuve was honored by the MLB players. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Jose Altuve of the Astros might be named MVP later this month. But he picked up some other hardware on Thursday.

Altuve was named the MLB Players Choice Awards Player of the Year and the American League's Outstanding Player.

Altuve had a monster season for the Astros, winning the batting title with a .346 average, 24 HRs, 81 RBIs and 32 SBs. He hit .310 in the playoffs and led the Astros to their first-ever World Series title.

The second baseman is a seven-time All-Star and the 27-year-old has 1,250 career hits.

Altuve won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, and will catch Craig Biggio if he can do it one more time.

Aaron Judge of the Yankees, considered Altuve’s main competition for MVP, was named AL Rookie of the Year by the players. Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers, the team the Astros beat to win their title, won the NL Rookie Award.

Corey Kluber of the Indians won the AL Outstanding Pitcher Award; Max Sherzer of the Nationals won the same award in the NL. Giancarlo Stanton won the NL Most Outstanding Award.

The AL MVP Award will be announced on Nov. 15. Altuve and Judge are considered the front-runners.

George Springer won his first career Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, after finishing the season with a .283 average, 34 HRs, 85 RBIs, and 112 runs. Springer's 5 home runs also tied the all-time single World Series record.

One other Astro is up for an award: manager A.J. Hinch (to be announced Nov. 14).

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Don't you worry, son. It will all be over soon.

- Teddy KGB, Rounders

The Texans horrible season continued on Sunday when they were soundly beaten by the Green Bay Packers. The Texans got some garbage points to make the score look better late, but they were never in this. They could not run the football, and even though he had a receiving score, maybe it's time the David Johnson experiment ended. Aaron Rodgers ate their souls with four touchdown passes and the Texans fell to 1-6. Five thoughts on the game:

1) First impressions? Not so much. For the seventh time this season, the Texans failed to score on their opening drive. They had ONE touchdown last season on their opening drive, week 17 against the Titans. While Bill O'Brien still gets a lot of that blame, Tim Kelly is now 0 for 3 as an OC. Whoever takes over next season has to fix this. Especially against good teams, the Texans simply can't afford to get down early. They were down 21-0 at the half and never had a real chance.

2) There is good news! Hopefully this lets the team know that there is no chance of anything this season. With the trade deadline looming, any veteran not named Watson or Tunsil should be available for draft picks. It remains unlikely they will do anything, but they have some pieces that might bring a return. Hopefully they no longer think the season can be salvaged.

3) They really aren't close against good teams. The little things continue to be a problem. Key penalties to hurt drives; untimely failures on third down. The offense has to do a better job staying on the field, because the defense just is not good enough to stop solid offenses. Things got worse when their best corner, Bradley Roby went out with injury. Overall, the Packers were better on both sides of the ball, and they made the Texans look bad throughout. The Texans needed some breaks to go their way in order to be competitive, like what happened last week against Tennessee. That didn't happen, and they were never in the game.

4) They won special teams! They blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that helped make the final score a little closer. They also blocked a kick last week. Other than their overpaid kicker (who missed a field goal), the special teams have been solid. Their punter might be the best player at his job on the entire team. So there's that. A positive, right?

5) The future? Meh. The Texans get the Jaguars, Browns and Patriots next, so they should have a chance at some wins, but they could also lose to all three of those teams. And with no high draft pick reward at the end of the year, there is little left to play or root for in this season.

With nine games left, you would like to think there was something left to care about. But if it isn't over yet, it's as Teddy said: It will all be over soon.

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