Many have tried to use Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora as scapegoats in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, but Carlos Correa did his best to put a stop to that following the team’s big press conference on Thursday.
After the Astros embarrassed themselves with a scripted press conference that included phony statements from Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve, Correa offered a refreshing take on the cheating scandal. The shortstop addressed the recent report that Astros players were heavily influenced by Carlos Beltran, who was with the team in 2017 and painted by Major League Baseball as one of the masterminds behind the sign-stealing operation.
“We didn’t feel scared. We didn’t feel intimidated. He was the nicest guy that we could ever have. He was the best teammate we could ever have,” Correa said. “Beltran was the leader of the clubhouse, but we all had a say in everything that we were doing. Whatever he said, and whatever we were doing, we had the chance to stop it as a team — everybody. Everybody had a chance to say something, and we didn’t.