The Legends were rained out of their game in Charleston, South Carolina Tuesday night, which provided an opportunity to watch Major League Baseball’s All-Star game – and former Legend Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros’ five-foot-five-inch second baseman, looked right at home among baseball’s best.
A check of statistical leaders only reinforces that status. Altuve leads the major leagues in hits with 130. He leads the American League in stolen bases with 41, two behind MLB leader Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is second in the AL in batting at .335, two points behind Adrian Beltre of Texas.
Altuve did not start the All-Star game, but entered in the top of the fifth inning to replace starter Robinson Cano of Seattle, who was an established big league star with the New York Yankees when Altuve was playing for Lexington in 2010. In his only plate appearance, Altuve drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and he made an excellent play at second base to retire the speedy Gordon on a grounder up the middle.
As a Legend, Altuve was a South Atlantic League All-Star. In 94 games with the Legends, he batted .308 with 11 home runs and 45 runs batted in. He stole 39 bases. He was promoted in July, and by the end of the next season was in the big leagues.
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As a result of last night’s rainout in Charleston, the current Legends will play a doubleheader tonight (Wednesday) against the RiverDogs, a Yankees affiliate. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 6:05 p.m.