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Jose Altuve has 200 hits for the fourth straight season

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Jose Altuve just hit a single to right field in the Astros-Rangers game. That was his 200th hit on the season and it makes the fourth straight season in which Altuve has hit 200.

This is not a common feat. As pointed out by Richard Justice of MLB.com, Altuve is only the fifth player since World War II with four straight 200-hit seasons. The others: Ichiro, Wade Boggs, Kirby Puckett and Michael Young.

Ichiro did it an amazing ten straight seasons. Boggs did it seven straight seasons. Puckett did it four straight years. I would never have guessed Young, but he actually did it five seasons in a row. I would’ve assumed Tony Gwynn or maybe Rod Carew had done it, but nope. Pete Rose once did it in five of six seasons and, in another stretch, did it four of five years, but never four straight.

Altuve is now hitting .349/.415/.555 on the year with those 200 hits, 24 homers, 81 RBI, 32 stolen bases and 108 runs. He and Aaron Judge seem to be the clear front runners for the AL MVP Award.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: