Former Astros shortstop Carlos Correa wins award for best athlete in the city of Houston for the last year of sports.
The Houston Sports Awards announced winners for 2021 categories Wednesday night with former Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa winning Athlete of the Year. The 27-year-old takes home the award while now a Minnesota Twin.
The Astros posted a congratulation graphic to social media following the announcement. Correa finished in front of former teammates Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel, as well as Olympian Simone Biles.
Many Astros fans replied in the comments and via quote tweets, asking why post about the award and even joking about who Correa is. In the 2021 season, Correa finished the year with his second All-Star selection, a Gold and Platinum Glove for shortstop, a memorable home run in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and the third-most bWAR in the American League.
Correa has played 11 games for the Twins thus far in 2022, flashing the same defense he was known for in Houston. The shortstop is hitting .190/.277/.310 in a slow start to the regular season, while having three of his eight hits being for extra bases.
With two doubles and a home run to his name, Correa’s bat is still adjusting to the American League Central and his new club. The righty has struck out 15 times to his five walks, too. Although early in the season, Jeremy Peña is slashing .308/.364/.590 through 11 games.
The Astros are off Thursday, before welcoming the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. Friday for a three-game set. George Springer left Wednesday’s game early with an apparent forearm injury, but according to the team, x-rays were negative.
Following Houston’s 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, the club sits at 6-6 with rosters decreasing in 10 days.