Jose Altuve has come from humble beginnings to create a name etched in the history of American baseball. The Houston Astros star who has been named American League MVP, Major League Player of the Year, and MLB All-Star, began his career in 2007 as a free agent with the Astros’ minor league team before gaining major league promotion in 2011, he has remained there to date. The dynamic player is slated to earn an upwards of $20 million annually, thanks to his contract extension with the Astros. This keeps him in the team until the end of the 2024 season at which point there could either be another extension or he might decide to go find his roost with another baseball team. The new contract makes him the highest-paid player on the Astros team, but not the highest paid in the city of Houston. That record goes to the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, whose 4-year deal gives him an average of over $40 million annually in salary dues.
How Did Jose Altuve’s Career Begin?
Hailing from the north-central city of Maracay in the South American country of Venezuela, Jose Altuve got his first professional taste of the world of baseball when he was 16 years old. Encouraged by his father to try out at the Maracay’s Houston Astros camp, Altuve was able to impress the camp board so well he got signed as a free agent with a $15,000 bonus in his contract. This was on March 6, 2007.
He finished the 2007 season in the Venezuelan Summer League with a batting average of .343 before he moved to the US to join the Astros minor league team, the Greeneville Astros. He had a batting average of .284 in 40 games in the 2008 season and .324 with 21 stolen bases in 45 games during the 2009 season. He was honored with an All-Star league team spot, MVP honors, and a promotion to Astros’ Class A Short Season affiliate the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Jose Altuve joined the Astros’ major league team on July 19, 2011, representing the club at the 2011 All-Star Future Games exhibition game. The athlete made his first major league home-run on August 20, 2011. In the first 21 games of his first major league season, he batted a .346 average before ending the year on a .276 average. The same year, he played for the Venezuelan team Navegantes del Magallanes, finishing the Venezuelan Winter League with a .339 average.
His Career Achievements and Net Worth
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In his career with the Houston Astros, Jose Altuve has won several awards and broken many records. In 2014, he became the first major league player since 1933 to get 130 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star Break. He is also the only MLB player to rep for both the American and National Leagues in the All-Star Game while playing for the same side. He has appeared in Japan to participate in their All-Star Series and was named Breakout Everyday Player of the Year for the This Year in Baseball Awards. He also received his first Silver Slugger Award, as well as his first Luis Aparicio Award, presented for his outstanding performance as a Venezuelan. In 2019, he was named American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.
To keep his top-class batting skills with the club, the Astros signed Altuve to a four-year contract on July 13, 2013. This included a $12.5 million extension and a $750k bonus. On March 16, 2018, Jose Altuve signed a five-year, $151 million contract extension with the Astros. This contract, for the 2020-24 season, means Jose Altuve would become the sixth player in major league history to earn an annual salary averaging $30 million or more. With his multi-award-winning and record-breaking career, Altuve’s net worth would no doubt be impressive. No exact figure is available, but current proposed estimates put it at a very nice sum of $84 million.
Who Is the Star Athlete’s Wife?
Star athlete Jose Altuve is married to long-time girlfriend Nina. The two first met each other when they were in high school and she was 16 years old. Not long after, they began dating and got married on November 20, 2006. On November 1, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Melanie.
Born Giannina Elizabeth Cimetta Sandoval on February 2, 1992, Nina is a Maracay native like her husband. Growing up in Venezuela, she was raised alongside her brothers Alfredo David and Justo Emilio by their parents. After finishing high school, she went on to enroll in the University of Carabobo, Venezuela, where she graduated with a degree in Bioanalytics.