Carlos Correa has not played up to par through the first month of the 2023 MLB season. After a long rollercoaster off-season, the Minnesota Twins All-Star shortstop signed back with the team. Injury concerns sent Correa away from the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. While Correa hasn’t missed significant time this season, his bat has not made the trip yet from Spring Training.
Correa has already hit five home runs this season but has been otherwise ineffective. He’s slashed .185/.261/.363 through his first 32 games. His strikeout percentage is 21.7 percent, while his walk percentage is below 10 percent at 9.4 percent.
His second year in the Twin Cities hasn’t been a great start. And on Tuesday night, the boo birds were out and chirped as Correa’s struggles continued.
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We’ve seen that reactions to boos can go in any direction. Perhaps surprisingly, Carlos Correa understood where the fans were coming from.
Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic transcribed a quote from Correa in which he said he’d boo himself, too.
Carlos Correa on being booed by the Target Field crowd:
"I'd boo myself too with the amount of money I'm making if I'm playing like that and I'm in the stands."
Longer quote: pic.twitter.com/MY5eQxqEXf
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) May 10, 2023
“I’d boo myself too with the amount of money I’m making if I’m playing like that and I’m in the stands,” Correa said. “Obviously (the booing) is acceptable. It’s part of the game, part of sports. Fans want production, and fans want a team that will compete out there and win games. It’s to be expected when you play poorly.”
In the off-season, Carlos Correa inked a six-year with the Twins worth $200 million. So clearly, he gets that that’s going to up his standard. You don’t want to see players struggling, but humility at least helps a little bit.