The Fun of Altuve-Rose Has Begun

2036: Twenty years from now, he may be remembered as "The Little Big Man That Altuvenated Minute Made Park"!

2036: Twenty years from now, he may be remembered as “The Little Big Man That Altuvenated Minute Maid Park”!


The Fun of Altuve-Rose Has Begun

Through Saturday’s August 13, 2016 that just finished in Toronto with a 4-2 Astros loss, Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros now has 997 hits in the first 784 games of his MLB regular season career. Altuve is now playing in the sixth season of his 2011-2016 big league span of early service.

All-Time Hits leader Pete Rose, who finished his 24-season (1963-1986) active MLB playing season with a record total of 4,256 hits, earlier recorded the first 1,000 of his career safeties in Game 831 of his MLB career. It happened on June 26, 1968 with a single against the New York Mets at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Hardly coincidental in the matter of this close accomplishment comparison of Rose to the incredible newbie great-to-be that Jose Altuve is becoming a terrific Astros fan fun track. Pete also reached the four-digit career hits benchmark level in the sixth season of his MLB experience.

Player Age Hits Game
Pete.Rose 27 1,000 831
Jose.Altuve 26    997 784

Wow! The way Altuve is now hitting in 2016, he may well reach 1,000 hits tomorrow – in the Sunday rubber game against Toronto. After all, Altuve needs only three more hits to reach 1,000, and that’s almost chump change the way this guy hits.

However it happens doesn’t matter. It’s coming. And coming soon. What matters now is that the “fun clock” is up and running full blast on Altuve versus Rose.

Rose was age 27 in the 1968 season in which he reached 1.000 total hits. Altuve, God Willing, will be 26 when he reaches the 1.000 hit level any day now in August of 2016. And, as we said, maybe that day is as soon as tomorrow.

We Astros fans are blessed to be witnesses to the blossoming of the real Babe Ruth of our franchise. With no disrespect intended for the wonderful career accomplishments of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jimmy Wynn, Larry Dierker, Nolan Ryan, Jose Cruz, or Lance Berkman, Houston’s “Little Big Man” is rapidly playing up to a level that leads only one place, if it is sustained over time – and that’s the no-brainer wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Who knows? Our smiling little finger-biting Venezuelan may someday be remembered in celebration and song in these parts as …. “The Little Big Man That Atluvenated Minute Maid Park!”

Let’s just hope we can afford to keep him here in Houston also as the greatest career Astro of all time!


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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One Response to “The Fun of Altuve-Rose Has Begun”

  1. Cliff Blau Says:

    On the other hand, Hugh Duffy had 1024 hits in his first 749 games, and fell a bit short of the 4000-hit mark. Closest match I can find- Wally Moses got his 1000th career hit in his 783rd game.

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