Why Astros' Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa are skipping 2021 MLB All-Star Sport

The Astros had 4 gamers chosen for the 2021 MLB All-Star Sport, 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 sport in Denver.

Neither participant was voted to the American League’s beginning lineup — Marcus Semien (Blue Jays) and Xander Bogaerts (Crimson Sox) will man second and brief, respectively — however they stated that did not have something to do with their selections.

So, why are Altuve and Correa skipping the All-Star Sport? They defined their reasoning to reporters Thursday.

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Why is not Jose Altuve taking part in within the All-Star Sport?

Altuve stated he is not taking part within the All-Star Sport as a result of he’s coping with a minor leg damage. He desires to get 4 days of relaxation earlier than the second half of the season begins.

“I actually assume I want these 4 days to get every part proper on my leg and be wholesome for the second half, as a result of I really feel just like the group wants me one hundred pc,” Altuve stated, 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 residence runs.

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Why is not Carlos Correa taking part in within the All-Star Sport?

Correa spoke about his need to stay residence along with his pregnant spouse throughout a uncommon break within the baseball season.

“Baseball is absolutely vital to me, however household will all the time come first,” Correa stated. “I am grateful for everyone that voted for me to be within the All-Star Sport. Baseball means the world to me, however I wish to be with my household this time, particularly with my spouse, spending this time together with her. It is our first baby, so I want that point.”

Correa stated that he did not take the choice frivolously however decided that staying residence was greatest for him.

“It is a powerful choice,” he stated. “Individuals voted for me to be in it. Individuals wish to see me play in it, however we have been attempting now for a very long time to have our first baby, and now that it is lastly there in her stomach, I would like to have the ability to spend these days together 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 residence runs.

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