Right Field

Jose Altuve Has the Swing of the Day

“Did he jump?”

“I think he may have.”

“I think he jumped.”

“Wow.”

Indeed, the rather diminutive Jose Altuve leaped out of his Keds cleats to swing at — and, amazingly, make contact with — a pitch above his head on a hit-and-run attempt in last night’s game against the Rangers.

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Astros fans (yeah, they still exist) are in love with their 5-foot 6-inch, 175-pound second baseman, whose .345/.380/.459 slash line and 5.1 fWAR is nearly identical to those of the more widely known and celebrated (not to mention considerably taller) Robinson Cano and his .321/.387/.463 and 5.4 fWAR.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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