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Carlos Correa says Mike Fiers should 'man up,' tell truth about Astros

Carlos Correa says Mike Fiers should 'man up,' tell truth about Astros

Houston Astros star Carlos Correa might have been one of the primary beneficiaries of the organization's infamous sign-stealing scheme.

His batting average at home during the controversial 2017 season was .333, while the shortstop hit just .301 on the road. He also struck out 30 fewer times at home while playing in the very friendly confines of Minute Maid Park.

However, he also is the first current Astros player who is showing some semblance of contrition for the scandal, which irreversibly has rocked the baseball world.

"We have to take that on the chin guys," Correa told reporters in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday. "It was wrong. We got to own that."

But he also took the opportunity to discuss A's pitcher and former Astro Mike Fiers, who originally broke the story in an interview with The Athletic.

"Mike Fiers know that [Jose] Altuve didn't use the trash can," Correa said. "You guys are gonna find out because I'm sure somebody is gonna ask him, and he's gonna tell everybody.

"If he's man enough to tell the truth and tell his story and break this story, he should be man enough to say that the MVP of 2017 didn't use it."

Correa's comments primarily seem to be directed at Cody Bellinger. The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman told reporters that he felt the Astros stole the 2017 World Series title from LA and that Altuve stole the AL MVP from New York Yankees star Aaron Judge.

"He earned that MVP," Correa said. "When he [Bellinger] stands up there and he says that he [Altuve] cheated Judge out of an MVP, a guy that hit .400 on the road, that doesn't sit well with me."

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Any Astro who calls out the integrity of any other person on Earth is laughable. Documented evidence has emerged that this was an extremely meticulous and thought-out scheme, with hands from both the front office and the lineup involved in making it run smoothly.

A's fans will get their first glimpse at the Astros on Mar. 30 at the Oakland Coliseum.

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

During this unprecedented time amid the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), it’s given us an opportunity to give thanks to those who so selflessly have been working hard to ensure the rest of us stay safe. 

For A’s closer Liam Hendriks, he wanted to give a special shoutout to those in the medical field working hard:

 “We, as an Oakland Athletics organization, want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for everything you’re doing, please stay safe,” he said via the A’s Instagram account.

Hendriks personally has felt the devastation the coronavirus has brought upon us as a society. He revealed recently that a friend of his, Conrad Buchanan, died due to COVID-19. Hendriks announced the news on Instagram last week and urged the world to stay home, “not only for your health, but for the sake of others as well.”

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Hendriks also wrote that Buchanan is survived by his wife and daughter.

MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

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MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

We won't have live Oakland A’s baseball for a while. For now, we have to improvise.

One of the ways the league is making sure everyone stays home is by implementing a way to watch MLB The Show 20 in a tournament put on by the players themselves.

In the game, you’re able to create essentially your own legacy in Major League Baseball.

Just like most games based on professional sports, each individual is given an overall rating.

Here are how some of the A’s players fared, out of a possible best score of 100:

3B Matt Chapman: 92
Closer Liam Hendriks: 88
1B Matt Olson: 86
SS Marcus Semien: 85
CF Ramón Laureano: 83
RP Joakim Soria: 83
SP Sean Manaea: 81
RP Yusmeiro Petit: 81
RP J.B. Wendelken: 78
P Frankie Montas: 76

You can see the rest of the A’s numbers, as well as other players across the league, in this video:

For Matt Chapman, he’s unsurprisingly one of the best third basemen in the game according to The Show’s player ratings -- No. 4 in that category to be specific. Right behind Houston Astros star Alex Bregman, who was rated a 95. 

Nolan Arenado leads the hot corner with a 99 overall rating. Chappy earlier this year told NBC Sports California where he believed he ranked compared to Arenado, Bregman and even Anthony Rendon. Rendon was signed by the Angels in the offseason, which only beefed up the AL West at that position.

Last season, Chappy put up solid numbers earning his first All-Star selection and his second, and consecutive Gold and Platinum Glove Awards. He hit 36 home runs and slashed .249/.342/.506 with 91 RBI.

For Liam Hendriks, who was rated the second-highest on the team, he was the third-highest among closers, with Kirby Yates leading the category.

Last season, Hendriks was sensational with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP in 85 innings. He also earned the first All-Star selection of his career.

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Marcus Semien also earned high marks with his 85 rating. He was tied with the likes of Adalberto Mondesi, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Not a bad group to be associated with.

The ratings at shortstop had a lot to do with fielding abilities. Despite the shift in power we get to see among middle infielders, the glove was a highlight here -- but the bats were all but ignored. Semien has improved drastically over the last couple of seasons with both his glove and offensive game. He was appreciated here.

Angels star Mike Trout also received a 99 rating, which goes to show who the rest of the league has to measure up to.