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Rosenthal: Carlos Correa rips Bellinger, passionately defends Altuve and says the Astros deserve their 2017 title

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Rosenthal: Carlos Correa rips Bellinger, passionately defends Altuve and says the Astros deserve their 2017 title



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  • Carlos Correa is firing back after several days of rival players ripping into the Houston Astros for the perceived consequences of the team’s sign-stealing scandal in 2017.

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    In an interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic Correa that was the most honest and candid of the Astros in their statements on the scandal ripped into Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger for his criticism of the team and defended teammate Jose Altuve from those who said his MVP award is illegitimate.


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    Bellinger had ripped the Astros for their weak apologies questioned whether the Astros used buzzers in 2019 and cast doubt on the legitimacy of Houston’s 2017 title. In response, Correa called Bellinger uninformed for his comments.

    “The problem I have is when players go out there and they don’t know the facts they are not informed about the situation and they just go out there and go on camera and just talk,” Correa said. “With me, that doesn’t seem right it doesn’t seem right at all so when he (Bellinger) talks about that we cheated for three years he either doesn’t know how to read is really bad at reading comprehension or is just not informed at all the commissioner’s report clearly says that all those activities were conducted in 2017. 2018 nothing happened. 2019 nothing happened it was just talented players playing the game of baseball with passion and winning ballgames.”


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    Correa claimed that the Astros were unaware of the “Codebreaker” scheme devised by the front office that was reportedly used in 2018 and went on to assert that the Astros had not deployed their trash can banging scheme after the 2017 season the Houston shortstop then defended Altuve, disputing Bellinger’s claims that the Astros second baseman had robbed Aaron Judge of the 2017 AL MVP award.

    “Cody, you don’t know the facts,” Correa said. “Nobody wants to talk about this but I’m going to talk about this. Jose Altuve was the one guy that didn’t use the trash can the few times that the trash can was banged was without his consent and he would go inside the clubhouse and inside the dugout to whoever was banging the trash can and he would get pissed he would get mad. He might say ‘I don’t want this I can’t hit like this don’t you do that to me.’ He played the game clean.


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    “The bangs that are on Twitter or whatever, that shows it Altuve played clean the whole year when you look at Altuve’s numbers on the road, he hit .400 on the road (.381 actually, compared to .311 at home). He didn’t cheat nobody of the MVP. He earned that MVP. He’s a six-time all-star, three-time batting champion, MVP five-time Silver Slugger. He’s been doing this for a long time.”

    There is actually some data to back Correa’s assertion. According to the work of Astros fan Tony Adams, Altuve got a trash can bang on just 24 of the 866 recorded pitches he saw a rate of 2.8 percent that was the second-lowest rate among all recorded Houston hitters, with only Tony Kemp, who said he opted out of the scheme coming in lower there were, however, bangs in Altuve at bats as late as Sept. 20 and he was still benefiting from players in front of and behind him in the lineup knowing pitches, wearing out pitchers and getting on base.


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    Correa concluded his remarks toward Bellinger bluntly: “You should get informed you should be informed before you talk about other players if you don’t know the facts, then you have got to shut the f–k up.”

    There is much more in the interview worth reading Correa denied that the team used buzzers in 2019, and offered up a new explanation for Altuve urging his teammates not to rip his jersey off after his series-clinching home run in the ALCS. Correa also analyzed the 2017 World Series to argue that the Astros’ title was legitimate and argued that the signs used by the Dodgers in that series were like “morse code” and too difficult to steal.

    Correa is not likely to get the benefit of the doubt here from anyone but it is by far the most impassioned and detailed defense offered by anyone associated with the organization yet that alone makes it worth taking note of even if nobody believes a word of it.


    Before You Go: Carlos Correa Says Jose Altuve 'Never Cheated,' Explains Astros Buzzer Video

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