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Even while playing in Minnesota, Carlos Correa lets Astros fans know what he thinks of them at Houston Sports Awards

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Although he left the Astros for the Twins, the star shortstop still was named the city’s Athlete of the Year

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Carlos Correa of the Minnesota Twins looks on and poses for a photo prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 8, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Carlos Correa of the Minnesota Twins looks on and poses for a photo prior to the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 8, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Carlos Correa was a big winner at Wednesday night’s Houston Sports Awards, being named the city’s Athlete of the Year. Obviously, he couldn’t be there in person with the Minnesota Twins – his new team – playing a series in Kansas City, but he did record a video for the occasion.

Correa’s father, Carlos Sr., accepted the trophy on his son’s behalf before playing Correa’s recorded message where he congratulated the other nominees in his category, which were former teammates Yuli Gurriel and Kyle Tucker, as well as Olympian Simone Biles.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the city of Houston from the bottom of my heart and their amazing fans, who have supported me since day one of my professional career,” Correa said in the video. “I will always love you.”

Carlos Correa, father of former Houston Astro Carlos Correa, accepts the Athlete of the Year award for his son during the Houston Sports Awards, held at the Wortham Theater Center Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022 in Houston, TX.
Carlos Correa, father of former Houston Astro Carlos Correa, accepts the Athlete of the Year award for his son during the Houston Sports Awards, held at the Wortham Theater Center Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022 in Houston, TX.Michael Wyke/Contributor

Correa, who played seven seasons in Houston and helped the Astros win a World Series in 2017, left in March, signing a a deal with the Twins worth $105.3 million over three years with an opt-out at the end of each season, allowing him to test the free agent market again whenever he wants. Correa’s $35.1 million annual salary is the fourth-highest in baseball behind Mets pitcher Max Scherzer ($43.3 million), Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole ($36 million) and Angels outfielder Mike Trout ($35.5 million).

Correa and his new team both are off to slow starts. The Twins are 4-8 and Correa is hitting .190 (8-for-42). Jeremy Pena, Correa’s replacement in Houston, is hitting .308 (12-for-39).



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