Texas, Measured in Altuves

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who is 5'5", has been turned into a unit of measurement by a baseball writer, who created a website that will convert distances into "Altuves."
Wed June 27, 2012 1:16 am
Associated Press | Pat Sullivan

How long is Palo Duro Canyon? 116,965 Altuves.

How many square feet is the Alamo? 6,236 Altuves.

If you don’t know what Altuves are, you’re obviously not a baseball fan. More specifically, you aren’t a Houston Astros fan.

Altuves are the so-called unit of measurement named for 22-year-old Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who, at 5’5”, is the shortest player in the major leagues (though some places still list him taller). 

That hasn’t stopped him from hitting .309 with five home runs in his first full season in the majors and from inspiring the website (and Twitter feed) “How Many Altuves?,” which comes complete with a conversion tool for

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