The Astros had 4 gamers chosen for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, however two of these 4 is not going to take part within the occasion.
Second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa each confirmed Thursday that they’d be skipping the July 13 recreation in Denver.
Neither participant was voted to the American League’s beginning lineup — Marcus Semien (Blue Jays) and Xander Bogaerts (Purple Sox) will man second and brief, respectively — however they mentioned that did not have something to do with their selections.
So, why are Altuve and Correa skipping the All-Star Game? They defined their reasoning to reporters Thursday.
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Why is not Jose Altuve enjoying within the All-Star Game?
Altuve mentioned he is not collaborating within the All-Star Game as a result of he’s coping with a minor leg harm. He needs to get 4 days of relaxation earlier than the second half of the season begins.
“I really think I need those four days to get everything right on my leg and be healthy for the second half, because I feel like the team needs me 100 percent,” Altuve mentioned, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.
Altuve’s choice was the seventh of his profession, which tied him with Craig Biggio for essentially the most by any participant in Astros historical past. He was not named an All-Star in 2019 or 2020.
Altuve has performed in 75 of the Astros’ first 89 video games this season and has posted a slash line of .282/.366/.502 with 19 dwelling runs.
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Why is not Carlos Correa enjoying within the All-Star Game?
Correa spoke about his need to stay dwelling along with his pregnant spouse throughout a uncommon break within the baseball season.
“Baseball is really important to me, but family will always come first,” Correa mentioned. “I’m grateful for everybody that voted for me to be in the All-Star Game. Baseball means the world to me, but I want to be with my family this time, especially with my wife, spending this time with her. It’s our first child, so I need that time.”
Correa mentioned that he did not take the choice evenly however decided that staying dwelling was greatest for him.
“It’s a tough decision,” he mentioned. “People voted for me to be in it. People want to see me play in it, but we’ve been trying now for a long time to have our first child, and now that it’s finally there in her belly, I want to be able to spend those days with her.”
Correa’s choice was the second of his profession. He has performed in 82 video games this season and has posted a .288/.385/.510 slash line with 16 dwelling runs.