Carlos Correa had smething to say and made sure it came from him.
On Saturday, the Houston Astros shortstop had a wide-ranging interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic where he blasted Los Angeles Dodgers star and reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger over his comments taking aim at the Astros and Jose Altuve.
Bellinger said that Altuve stole the 2017 MVP from Aaron Judge due to the sign-stealing scandal.
“The problem I have is when players go out there and they don’t know the facts, they’re not informed about the situation and they just go out there and go on camera and just talk. 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.”
As for Bellinger’s questioning Altuve’s MVP Award, Correa said he was among the Astros players who did not utilize the trash can scheme:
“So when we move forward and he talks about Altuve. He says, “José Altuve cheated Judge out of the MVP.” Cody, you don’t know the facts. Nobody wants to talk about this but I’m going to talk about this. José 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 would say, “I don’t want this. I can’t hit like this. Don’t you do that to me.” He played the game clean. … For him to go out there and defame José Altuve’s name like that, it doesn’t sit right with me. The man plays the game clean. That’s easy to find out.”
Correa not only admitted to using the trash can during 2017, but stated there were just three players who did not partake in it.