Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has long since ceased being merely a diminutive novelty act. He was always far more than that, of course, but now Altuve is rightly known as being plainly one of the best baseball players on the planet.

This season, he may be on his way to the AL MVP award, as he's presently leading the majors with an OPS+ of 173 while manning an up-the-middle position and adding lots of value with his base-running. So in appreciation of Altuve's current excellence and the fact that he recently notched his 1,000 career hit at the age of 26, let's run down a non-exhaustive list of the ways in which Altuve is a certifiable baseball miracle ...