Correa is quiet and respectful. He grew up around Ponce, where he knew the Alomars and Javy Vazquez. He's from the area where Giancarlo Stanton's mother's family was raised. Carlos has great respect for the game and the people in it," says Alex Cora, who has worked with Correa.
When Carlos was 5, he told his father Carlos Sr. that he would be a big league baseball player.
That’s not unusual. Many 5-year-olds aspire to play in the big leagues. Most will go on to dream about being astronauts or firefighters or pilots the next month. Correa never wavered—it was always baseball. Soon after his declaration, he became nearly impossible to pry off the baseball field. He focused everything on achieving his goal.
He also was thinking ahead. As he saw it, learning to speak English would help him when he reached the big leagues. It’s something a lot of Latin American players think about after they sign their first professional contract, and teams have English tutors to help them do just that. But Correa figured it out in third grade.
“I started learning English in fourth grade,” he said. “When I was in third grade, I didn’t know English at all. I told my dad, ‘If I’m going to be a big leaguer, I’m going to have interviews in English. I don’t want to have to have a translator. That’s not the same.’ They put some effort and made a lot of sacrifices and they paid for a school that was bilingual.
“Carlos would train on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Three Kings Day. He wouldn’t open his presents until he trained,” Carlos Sr. said. “It was every day. People thought I was abusing my son, but it was him who wanted to train.”Carlos Sr. said that his father was one of the hardest workers he’d ever seen. He remembers one day when his father was in the hospital because of an illness. Doctors gave him intravenous fluids to try to counteract dehydration. Before long, the elder Correa told them they needed to be wrapping up. He needed to be at work at 4:00, so he had to be going. And off to work he went.
The father’s drive rubbed off on his son. Carlos Sr. earned the nickname “24/7” because to some of his friends and neighbors, he always seemed to be working. He worked construction, landscaping, and a delivery route to make sure he provided for his family. (J.J. Cooper-Baseball America-4/11/14)
Though Carlos worked many, many hours at baseball as a youngster, his schoolwork didn't suffer. He was valedictorian of his class. His SAT score was over 1400. He is brilliant.
He has drawn physical and skill-set comparisons Manny Machado, another big-bodied shortstop with considerable offensive upside. He worked hard at the game as a youth.
"When other kids were playing video games and those games that kids play, I was working with my dad at the ballpark every single night. That's something you don't see very often when you're 5 or 6 years old. But I was taking 100 ground balls every night to get better," Carlos recalled.
BASEBALL ACADEMY IN PUERTO RICO
Correa was well known in Puerto Rico by his sophomore year in high school when he transferred to the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy. It was an hour from his home, which meant he had to wake up at 5:00 a.m. each weekday. He wouldn't get home until supper time and would then go out to work on his baseball skills until 10 p.m. or so.
"The work ethic was always there," he said. "I learned that from my dad. I started working with them at the academy. I would go back home and work with my dad. It was a routine I did for three years, and I think it paid off. I was able to get drafted first overall by the Astros and, like I said, I'm here now playing for the Houston Astros, which is a dream come true."
In 2012, Correa graduated from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. His coach at the school, Carlos Berroa, also serves as a Miami Marlins scout. Correa had committed to a baseball scholarship to Vanderbilt.
January 21, 2016: Jean Carlos Correa, the younger brother of Astros shortstop and 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Alvin Community College, which is about 30 miles south of Minute Maid Park.Jean Carlos Correa, a 5-foot-10 shortstop out of Puerto Rico, is a senior at the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy, which is the same school that produced his brother, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Draft and a budding star in the AL. (Brian McTaggart - MLB.com )
June 2012: The Astros chose Carlos with the first overall pick in the draft. And they signed him two days later for $4.8 million, via scouts Larry Pardo and Joey Sola. (Correa signed for substantially less than the $7.2 million signing bonus prescribed by Major League Baseball, which means they could use that money toward other draft picks.)
"When (Bud Selig) called my name (on draft night), I had all the flashbacks of the sacrifices we made as a family My dad working in construction, me at the ballpark while others were having fun, my mom cooking for me every single day, every single night. At 12, when we got back from the ballpark, she would be up cooking for us.
"To see it pay off was really emotional and really special," Correa said.
- Carlos's father, Carlos Sr., works 12 hours a day, six days a week, as a construction worker.
"Being the son of a construction worker, you appreciate what hard work does," said Astros scout Larry Pardo, who signed Correa. "It puts a roof over his head and his father sets the foundation. Dad came home and set his boots aside and went and threw him BP."
In fact, Carlos Sr. threw his son about 300 pitches each day in the family's backyard. He and his wife, Sandy, raised Carlos and his younger brother and sister.
Carlos has very impressive baseball instincts and a great work ethic. He is a graceful athlete. Because of his tools, Correa has drawn comparisons to some franchise players in the big leagues.
“Guys that come to my mind are Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Zimmerman,” his high school coach, Carlos Berroa said. “Those guys come to mind right off the bat because of their defensive skills and obviously their offensive potential.”
Correa is bilingual and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. He has a full scholarship to Miami and said he would like to be an accountant if it weren’t for baseball. He’s a natural leader on the field. He graduated as valedictorian of his class.
Carlos has the confidence needed to survive in a game where failure happens more than success, along with the humble humility to see the bigger picture.
“My ultimate goal in baseball is to reach the Hall of Fame,” Correa said. “But my goal in life is to be a good person and help a lot of kids if they need my help. My goal is to make a lot things so people can remember me and they can say, ‘Carlos Correa was a great guy that helped other people and was a good player, too.’
“He’s got a good heart and a very strong family background,” Berroa said. “He is a better person than he is a player, and it shows. He’s a special kid.”
And then, there’s his work ethic, passion for the game and dedication.
Correa lived about an hour and a half from his school, so he had to wake up at 4:30 every morning to get ready. He rode to the school with one of the baseball coaches, former major leaguer Francisco Melendez.
Once at school, Carlos had classes from 8:00 a.m. to noon and then baseball practice from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30. When he gets home around 7, he works out with his father or a personal trainer before going to bed and doing it all again the next day.
“It’s a tough thing to do, but he does it with a smile every day, does great work and never uses that as an excuse,” Berroa said. “He always had a good attitude and excellent work ethic. He wants to be the best.
“He’s hungry to learn everyday and he studies the game. It’s very unlikely that he’ll make the same mistake twice. He’s the kind of guy who makes adjustments right away. Hard work with tools? The sky’s the limit.” (Conor Glassey-Baseball America-5/29/12)
Carlos spent a summer in his teens helping his father build parts of their house in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, cinder block by cinder block.
People in Santa Isabel, a municipality of about 22,000 on Puerto Rico's southern coast, used to call Carlos Sr. "24/7" for the way he labored to support his family. His first construction shift began at 4:30 each morning. Then for six hours in the middle of the day, he'd work maintenance for the town's parks and recreation department, followed by another construction shift.
What Carlos Sr. did at night, though, earned him another nickname, one that wasn't quite so admiring: Hitler. From 8:30 until 10:30 every evening—six days a week, sometimes seven—starting when his older son was in elementary school, Carlos Sr. would take him out to a local field and run him through baseball drills. Neighbors would reprimand him through their car windows.
"They would be like, 'That's too much for a little kid!" Carlos Jr. recalls. "Seven years old, eight years old, I'm taking hundreds of grounders and hundreds of swings."
What they didn't know was that the son wanted to be out there as badly as the father. Once Correa started playing baseball at five, ceaselessly flinging a ball at a wall even after bad caroms off tree roots blackened his eyes, the game was just about all he desired.
"People in high school, they were like, 'Oh, you're crazy, you're working too much," Correa says. "I said, 'I'm going to be a first-rounder.' They would laugh at me. They would invited me to parties. 'No, I'm working, because I want to be a first rounder.' Never went to one."
In the springs of 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Correa as the #1 prospect in the Astros' organization.
In 2013, Correa finished third in batting (.320) in the Midwest League,and top five in on-base percentage (.405) while leading league shortstops in fielding percentage (.973) and finishing second in total chances (551).
Carlos' rangy build reminds scouts of Orioles 3B Manny Machado. And it is beyond just a physical comparison. Correa's level of maturity is advanced, as is his approach to the game.
"One of the most impressive moments of (2014) spring training for me,” Astros manager Bo Porter said, “was the day over in Jupiter (Fla.) when Carlos pulled me aside and he said, ‘Skipper, if there’s anything that I need to do to be better, or that I can do to help our ball club, please always tell me because I want to be the best I can be.’
“When you have a talent like a Carlos Correa and he is open-minded and as mature at the age of 19 to actually have that kind of conversation with his manager, it was one of the finer moments of spring training for me .” (April, 2014)
Carlos was named to the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
- (Spring 2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch was a roommate of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez when they were both 16 years old and playing for Team USA in Mexico, and the skipper said a young Rodriguez has some similarities to Houston's top prospect, Carlos Correa..
Correa, a shortstop who was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, has been compared to Rodriguez since he was drafted because of their body types. Those comparisons figure to multiply when Correa reaches the Majors and begins to have some success.
"Similar body styles in terms of the sort of long limbs, and when A-Rod broke in, you know he had a lot of physical similarities to Correa," Hinch said. "Really, really strong arm, really gifted at sort of positioning his body and handling all the different throws. They're a little different hitters in watching them. But when you start getting mentioned about [Derek] Jeter's body style, [Troy] Tulowitzki's body style, A-Rod's body style, that's some heavy lifting there." (McTaggart - MLB,com - March 21, 2015)
June 8, 2015: At 20 years, 259 days old, Carlos became the youngest player in the Major Leagues in 2015, starting at shortstop and batting sixth for Houston. He went 1-for-4 in his debut: a single and an RBI.
The night before his son made his Major League debut, Carlos Sr. and his family, once again, didn't sleep. It wasn't because they were nervous, but because they were excited.
"He works so hard; we have nothing to be nervous about," Carlos Sr. said through Frankie Higginbotham, Correa's interpreter and agent, while holding out his hand to show that he wasn't shaking. "[Carlos Jr.] doesn't take for granted who he is. He works hard, as if he needs to work every day because he's not ready."
Correa works quickly.
And before he was set to play in his Major League debut, Correa's family, a group of nearly a dozen, arrived at the park to see Carlos for the first time since Spring Training. They all wore Astros T-shirts with Correa's name on the back, made nearly a week in advance (and before his shirt or jersey will be released) for the moment he might be called up.
Still, Correa's family had kept up with him by watching all of his Minor League games while he was playing for Triple-A Fresno, and they were the first to know of his callup once he was told.
"The first thing I did was talk to my family, because it is teamwork," Correa said. "It was something we did together. They made a lot of sacrifices, so it was a great moment for us and we were really excited for this opportunity."
"We told him to be who he is and enjoy it, because it's not going to happen again," Carlos Sr. said.
Really, Carlos Sr. has been there through every game. Carlos Jr. went hitless during a doubleheader while at Double-A Corpus Christi, and before the next game, his dad called to tell him to stop slouching. The next game, Correa went 3-for-4 with a home run.
Even without much experience, Carlos Sr. worked on nearly every facet of the shortstop's game, putting him through simulated games to take nearly 40-50 at-bats or bringing in pitchers to help him handle curveballs or sliders.
Correa's family took odd jobs after a hurricane hit to allow the young infielder to keep playing when he had to travel more than an hour just to play with another travel team.
Even his Little League team in his hometown of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, gave its profits to Correa so that he could continue practicing. Now, the city of approximately 23,000 is live streaming his big league debut in its plaza for all to watch. Higginbotham has received hundreds of phone calls or texts about Correa.
"It's been an immense sacrifice and satisfaction to be here right now," Carlos Sr. said. "It's a group effort." Thanks to a night of short rest, Correa has apparently inherited his sleep routine from his father. "[I slept] maybe two to three hours," Carlos Jr. said with a smile. (Garno - mlb.com - 6/8/15)
June 13, 2015: Before a game against the Mariners, Correa took some time to talk to a very special young fan from Chapel Hill, Texas.
Corbin Glasscock, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in October 2014, was visiting Minute Maid Park and was happily able to meet the shortstop. Correa even made sure he had something to take home.
Correa gave his bat and batting gloves to Corbin. Corbin then posed with the bat signed by Correa.
Corbin's huge smile said it all! (G Kaneko - MLB.com - June 13, 2015)
June 21, 2015: Correa's father would do everything he could to help his son become a Major League player. It was Correa's father who first introduced the Astros' rookie shortstop to the game when he was 5 years old in Puerto Rico, and his father, also named Carlos Correa, remains a huge influence to this day.
Correa's father, mother, brother and sister were in Chicago when he made his debut on June 8 and rejoiced with him a day later, when he clubbed his first career homer at U.S. Cellular Field.
"It was great," said Correa, who gave the ball to his dad after the game. "I get to hit my first home run and him being out there. It was a great accomplishment for me and my family. They were really excited about that momentum, and that's something I wanted to share with them so they can keep it for the rest of their life."
Correa said his father wasn't a baseball player but would watch games on television to try to teach his son how to play the game. His dad also took a second job working construction so his son could learn English, and he always made time to show his son the finer points of the game.
"He didn't know much about baseball and then he started looking for people that knew about baseball and more information about baseball, and he started teaching me," Correa said. "We were out there at the ballpark every single day trying out new stuff when I was a kid, and then I got on baseball teams and I started learning to play the right way. I had the talent, and I was able to develop and become a good player."
Correa's father can't help but boast about his son.
"He's been working all his life, basically—since he was 5 years old—to be here, and all the hard work has paid off," the elder Correa said.
Now that he has settled into life as a Major Leaguer, the young Correa still turns to his father for advice.
"We talk every single day about hitting after the game," Correa said. "Now, I'm here in the big leagues and he's still here telling me stuff about hitting and what I should do. It's fun. He's my dad, and we have fun doing it. He just lets me play. He's always there talking baseball, just like my best friend." (B Taggart - MLB.com - June 19, 2015)
June 27, 2015: Correa was a quick learner during his rookie season. In turn, he pushed Jose Altuve, his double-play partner and locker mate. At least that's how manager A.J. Hinch saw it.
"They feed off each other, they're developing a nice friendship, a nice trust in that second base-shortstop position and it's key to have," said Hinch. "I'm proud of how Jose is introducing Correa to the big leagues and how Correa is going to push Altuve to be great."
"It's really fun playing with that guy," Altuve said. "Great hitter, great defender. It's great to play up the middle with him.".
"We play good baseball, we play hard and we play until the last out," Correa said. "I feel comfortable, I have a great group of guys here and it's a great lineup."
"Twenty-year-olds don't play up here very often and he's showing why he's supposed to be here," Hinch said of Correa. "The balance he shows, his athleticism, he rises to the moment. I think fans in Houston respond to him, teammates respond to him, he's playing at a high level and we're going to keep pushing him to be better and better." (C Rome - MLB.cpm - June 27, 2015)
The typical expectations of age don't seem to apply to Carlos's family. His father, Carlos Sr., began working in construction at the age of 13 and married Carlos' mother, Sandybel, when he was 16 and she was 14. Carlos Jr. was born two years later, and he began helping his father on job sites when he was just 8.
"I had to grow up faster than most kids," Correa said. "I feel like the way I was raised and the work I did on my way here is making me feel more comfortable at this level. I don't know how to describe it, but when you work hard for something and have goals and want to accomplish it, you feel like you deserve it."
Correa has wanted this basically from that first day he set foot on a construction site. His father, who worked as many as three jobs a day to pay for Carlos Jr.'s schooling, would have him lend a hand by fetching tools or water. On weekends, he'd make the kid wash the family's cars.
"I'd be thinking, 'I've got to play baseball, because this is tough,'" Correa recalled with a laugh. "The sun, working with concrete, washing cars … it sucked. I'd say, 'This is not how I want to spend the rest of my life!'"
When Correa was drafted, he vowed to his dad that he would never wash another car the rest of his life. So far, he's made good on that promise by ascending up the Minor League ladder and overcoming a fractured fibula that prematurely ended his 2014 season. Between the injury and the upbringing, Correa has a clear understanding of what a privilege it is to be at this level.
"There are some people who take this for granted," Correa said. "I look at them like, 'You don't know what it's like to grow up poor and work since you're a little kid.' For me, it's a blessing every time I'm here, every day that I step in the clubhouse."
Correa has blessed the Astros with a rare and remarkable combination of bat speed, foot speed, defensive prowess and pure power. He's No. 1 with a bullet. His ability to adjust his swing to the situation would be notable even for a 10-year veteran. For a newly promoted rookie, it's almost unfathomable. As noted by FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan, Correa's third home run of the season—off the Rockies'Kyle Kendrick—came on a low and inside pitch 16 inches from the middle of the plate, well off the inside edge. Correa somehow kept his hands close to his body and turned on the pitch to drive it out to left with an exit velocity of 108 mph.
Correa has the ability to be his own man, a man who will never again work construction or wash a car. "It was tough growing up," he said, "but it helped me grow up fast and become who I am today." (Castrovince - mlb.com - 7/8/15)
August 6, 2015: The 20-year-old shortstop played in his 50th game. Ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect by MLB.com at the time of his June 8 debut, Correa has had little trouble living up to, if not exceeding, the lofty expectations that accompanied his promotion. Here's a look at some of his most impressive accomplishments over his first 50 career ballgames:
• Correa's 13 homers are four more than any other shortstop has hit in his first 50 games. The previous record belonged to Nomar Garciaparra, who hit nine homers over his first 50 games with the Red Sox in 1996.
• The 13 home runs are also the fifth most by any active player in his first 50 games, regardless of position. The only current players to hit more homers over their first 50 games are Jose Abreu (17), Albert Pujols (16), Ryan Braun (15) and Evan Gattis (14).
• Correa homered in 12 of his first 50 games, including one multi-homer effort, making him the first Astros player to homer in at least a dozen of his first 50 games. The second-highest total belongs to teammate George Springer, who homered in 11 of his first 50 games last year. Prior to Correa and Springer, no Astros player had homered in even 10 of his first 50 career contests.
• Correa also joined Hunter Pence and Eric Anthony (1990) as the only three players in franchise history with multiple games of at least one stolen base and one home run within his first 50. Correa is also just the third shortstop to accomplish that same feat, joining Garciaparra and Bert Campaneris.
• Moving on to some of Correa's other tools, the all-around talent stole two more bases to bring his 50-game total to eight. That makes him the first player with at least 13 homers and eight stolen bases in his first 50 games since Braun hit 15 home runs and swiped eight bases over his first 50 games in 2007.
• Correa picked up at least one hit in 37 of his first 50 games, tied for the fifth most in franchise history. Outfielder Gerald Young holds the club record by collecting at least one hit in 40 of his first 50 big league games back in 1987.
• Those 37 games with at least one hit are also tied for the sixth most by any shortstop within his first 50 games. Red Kress and Harvey Kuenn hold the all-time record, with each picking up a hit in 40 of their first 50 games. Both players did so over parts of two seasons; Kress completed the feat from 1926-27 and Kuenn did it from '52-53. (Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com./2015)
In an interview with "Intentional Talk" on MLB Network, Correa said he hit his first home run at 5 years of age. He also said if he had not played professional baseball he would have wanted to play professional basketball. (Aug., 2015)
Before Carlos celebrated his own birthday on September 22nd, 2015, he made sure to commemorate a new friend's special day first. On his way to the ballpark on the 21st, Correa stopped off at Houston Christian School, where he surprised Astros fan Neil Kerrigan, and wished him a happy 18th birthday.
Correa first met Kerrigan a few weeks prior when he was at Minute Maid Park to watch batting practice, as part of his birthday celebration. Correa asked Kerrigan, who is suffering from a brain tumor, when his actual birthday is. S
"He said, 'Sept. 21,'" Correa recalled. "I said, 'I'll never forget your birthday.' He said, 'Why is that?' I said, 'Because my birthday's the next day."
Correa sensed Kerrigan didn't take his promise to remember his birthday too seriously, so he decided to take it a step further. Correa got a cake and delivered it to the high school, while Kerrigan and his friends were eating lunch. Kerrigan had no idea Correa was planning to show up.
"When he saw me, he was like, 'What is going on?'" Correa said. "His family was really happy. His siblings were just telling me how much they appreciate the fact I was able to go there and bring him a cake and sing Happy Birthday. It was a pretty special moment, not only for him, but for me as well."
The Astros ran a happy birthday message to Kerrigan, from Correa, on their ribbon board during the game Monday night. Correa also tweeted out a photo of his cleats, on which he wrote "Neil" on one shoe, and the initials to Stand Up To Cancer, one of MLB's main community partners. I stand up for Neil. Sept. 21, 2015.
For Correa, a rookie who emerged as one of baseball's top young stars three years after he was selected No. 1 overall by the Astros in the draft, taking a few minutes to reach out to a young fan facing enormous challenges is simply part of what it means to be a professional athlete. It's a practice he plans to continue throughout his career. "I came from nothing," Correa said. "I came from working my way to where I am. I know how it feels when there's someone you admire do those kinds of things for you. Every time I can put a smile on a kid's face it means a lot to me. That's what I will work for the rest of my career, to be a good player and a good citizen as well." (Footer - mlb.com - 9/21/15)
Those who saw the talent early on in Carlos Correa as a young player coming up in Puerto Rico wanted him to move to the United States so he would have a better chance at getting drafted. Correa wanted none of it. He's extremely proud of his roots and wanted to show everyone stardom can be reached from the island
"They wanted me to move because they said in the States I would have a better chance to get drafted higher because the scouts would be watching me play in the States all the time, and I said no," Correa said. "I wanted to be able to show everyone that from Puerto Rico you can do it as well. I wanted to stay in Puerto Rico and show the kids in Puerto coming behind me it could be done.
"When I was in third grade, I told [his father] I wanted to learn English because I wanted to play in the big leagues," Correa said. "He took it seriously and we started learning from different people. He got me some coaches to help me, and now I'm here playing for the Houston Astros."
Correa was in public school until the fourth grade when he moved to a bilingual Christian school. It wasn't cheap, so Carlos Sr. took another job to help pay for the school. He knew his son had the talent to one day play in the big leagues and he wanted to do anything to put him in a better position to succeed. (Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com)
Correa's walk-in closet overflows with size 13 shoes. He has every model of Yeezy, the Kanye West-designed sneakers that go for thousands on eBay, in addition to suits and other designer clothes. He obviously loves to go shopping.
Carlos also owns 15 fedoras.
Correa has a two-bedroom penthouse in a Houston high rise with an open floor plan. Each of his floor-to-ceiling windows has a view of Minute Maid Park.
"I wake up every single day, look over there and am like, 'Let's get to work," Carlos said. He rises at 11; watches something on the enormous TV that dominates his living room: "The Walking Dead," "The Blacklist," anything starring Kevin Hart; he drives his white BMW M5 to the ballpark, where he spends 10 to 12 hours; he returns home and is asleep by two.
He does not, he says, indulge in any sort of a nightlife, and he does not understand why virtually every day for most of the season at least one person—a member of the media, a fan—points out to him that he cannot yet legally buy a beer, which was true until Sept. 12, 2015.
"Never drank a beer before," Correa says. "I've had wine and champagne, but never beer. I don't think that will happen. I don't know why people look forward to that (turning 21)." (Ben Reiter - Sports Illustrated - 9/28/15)
2015 rookie season: Correa, who made his debut in early June, hit .279 with 22 homers, 68 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 99 games in his rookie season.
In 2015, Correa was named the Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year, which is voted on by AL players.
October 2015: It was quite a year for Houston rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, and the experiences kept coming for the rising star.
Correa served as a special correspondent for MLB.com for the first four games of the 2015 World Series. He returned home to Ponce, Puerto Rico, after Game 4 in New York.
"For me, it's fun. This is the first time I have been to a World Series," Correa, 21, said. "I'm new to the big leagues, and you see this and you hope one day to be out there playing and not just watching. It's really fun to be here. It's a wonderful time of the year."
Correa's final memory from his previous visit to Kansas City was an excruciating 7-2 loss to the Royals in Game 5 of the AL Division Series on Oct. 14. His first experience upon arrival this time around was a taste of the city's famous barbeque with friends and plenty of laughs. Correa also visited with Commissioner Rob Manfred at Kauffman Stadium. He hopes to take in all of the sights and sounds of Kansas City and New York.
"It is what it is," Correa said. "There's no way around it. We lost here, but I'm not focusing on the past. Now, it's about focusing on what I can do to keep improving my game and help my team. That's all I'm looking forward to."
Carlos grew up a poor family. His dad got up for work at 4:00 a.m. and went to work.
"I got my work ethic from my dad," the younger Correa said.
Favorite non-baseball playing athlete: Floyd Mayweather.
I never leave home without: My hat.
"I'd love to go out to dinner with (one person): Roberto Clemente."
Favorite sports movie: "The Sandlot."
Celebrity crush: Kendall Jenner
Best advice: "Work hard, stay hungry and stay humble."
In 2015, Correa was named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers of America.
- February 13, 2016: Correa will soon be on the big screen. He met with Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment, and was offered an amazing opportunity. Tull and his company are in the process of developing a movie about Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente.
“We were in L.A. We sat down with Thomas Tull,” Correa said. “He’s doing a Roberto Clemente movie.
“He asked me if I wanted to be in the movie and I said ‘of course .’”
Correa does not know yet what his role will be in the movie, but he is honored to be involved.
“It’s going to be special to be in the movie about a fellow Puerto Rican player, the best right fielder of all time, Roberto Clemente,” Correa said. (Mark Berman/Fox)
February 2016: Correa signed a five-year endorsement contract with shoe giant Adidas. While financial terms haven't been disclosed, ESPN sports business Darren Rovell called Correa's contract with Adidas a "huge, record-setting" deal.
February 25, 2016: Correa spent five minutes hanging out and talking with NBA MVP Stephen Curry after he scored 51 points, including 10 three-pointers, in the Golden State Warriors' 130-114 win over the Orlando Magic.
"He's really a humble, down-to-earth guy," Correa said. "It was fun to talk to him, to get to know him after that great game he had. He was calm and had great composure. It was unbelievable. It was maybe five minutes, but it was a great five minutes." (B McTaggart - MLB.com - February 27, 2016)
- In Houston, Carlos Correa projects a Jeter-like vibe with his maturity and closet-full of fedoras. He is so advanced as a player and cognizant of his responsibilities as a budding face of the game, no less than an authority than A-Rod thinks the Cooperstown speech is a foregone conclusion.
“I think Carlos is in a class by himself,” Alex Rodriguez said in a spring training interview. “When you look at the Big Three in baseball, you look at (Bryce) Harper. You look at Mike Trout. You look at Carlos. My god, the game is in such great hands with those three.”
December 2016: Correa committed to play for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
January, 2017: Correa has an 18yr. old younger brother that has been impressing scouts. He has been going by the name Jean Carlos Correa Oppenheimer. He chose to use his mothers maiden name as his last name. He has been playing for Mike Partida, an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Alvin Community College, just south of Houston.
2017: Correa represented Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
Feb 17, 2017: Astros shortstop Carlos Correa arrived at camp -- the team's report date for position players -- but it was a few days before fans got to see him on the practice field at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Correa had four wisdom teeth removed and was still feeling some pain a day later. He said the doctor told him it would take three to five days before he could do anything, so Correa will be taking it slow while the rest of his teammates hit the field Saturday for the first full workout of the spring.
"It's a little sore, but I feel good," he said to reporters in an empty clubhouse. "I can barely open my mouth. Just a little sore, but nothing too crazy."
Correa said his teeth started to bother him about five days ago, to the point he couldn't even chew. He knows the timing about getting his wisdom teeth removed right before camp wasn't ideal, but it could have been worse. (B McTaggart - MLB.com - Feb 17, 2017)
Carlos might make the headlines for his eye-popping numbers and showstopping defensive plays, but he also does little things that can make a big difference, too.
"Carlos is one of the best players in the league," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's really good, and can impact the game in so many different ways. When he puts it all together and does it on a nightly basis -- we get to see it every night -- he can really play." (Espinoza - mlb.com - 6/21/17)
Carlos Correa's brief career has been remarkable. In 2017 he was still only 22 years old and one of baseball's 10 youngest players. He's one of its best.
"He just looks like he's a 5- [or] 10-year vet," Astros reliever Will Harris said. "You take it for granted when you play with him every day. It's very easy to forget how young he is and how little experience he actually has playing at a high level."
Correa was summoned to the big leagues in 2015 as a 20-year-old who'd played just 53 Minor League games above the Class A Advanced level. Never once, in three seasons since then, has he looked overmatched.
"The way I looked at it, it was the same movie in a different movie theater," Correa said. "I was playing the same game, but in a different stadium and a different atmosphere. But it's the same game I've been playing my entire life."
Carlos said he prepared for that moment his entire life, and he knew early in life exactly what he wanted to do and how to do it.
"When I was in high school, I didn't know what a club looked like," Correa said. "I didn't really know what a party looked like. While kids were in prom and doing all this stuff, I was at the ballpark. They told me I was a boring kid. I was like, `No, I'm working toward my goal.' At the end of the day, I knew I'd be able to do all that other stuff if I accomplish those goals."
Correa is getting close. He's one of the biggest stars on a first-place team, and he is likely going to be the starter at shortstop for the American League in the All-Star Game. To walk into that AL clubhouse and stand there alongside baseball's best would be another brick in the wall.
"He's very mature and has a lot of talent, obviously," Jose Altuve said. "Sometimes, guys have a lot of talent and don't know how to control it. He knows how to use it, and at such a young age, that's very impressive."
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has overseen Correa's growth, and he says that Altuve has played a significant role in daily preparation and channeling energy in a certain direction.
"Learning how to play every day, conserving your swings, conserving your energy, taking care of your body, that's something Correa has learned from Jose," Hinch said. "Carlos came up here doing things at a highly aggressive level, whether it's the volume of swings he took on a daily basis to the energy he put into the ground-ball routine he has. I think he's learned how to pace himself on a level that allows him to understand the nine innings of the game is most important."
Most of all, what separates Correa from most other players is a special kind of talent, the kind that can lead a franchise to great heights. "He has the confidence of the best player in the league," Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said. "But he shows up to the yard every single day looking for ways to get better and keep improving." (Justice - mlb.com - 6/30/17)
- July 2, 2017: Correa received his first invite to the MLB All-Star game.