We asked, and you answered. In a Twitter poll, we asked you Dodgers fans if you think the Dodgers should go after shortstop Carlos Correa in free agency.
Nearly 10,000 of you replied, and the results were pretty firmly in the “NO” category.
Should the Dodgers go after Carlos Correa in free agency?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 17, 2022
Over 64 percent of respondents voted no on Correa. Correa, of course, was the shortstop for the Astros in 2017 when they cheated to win the World Series against the Dodgers. Even worse, Correa has been the most outspoken player from that team in defending or justifying what went on in the scandal that cost AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow their jobs but led to no actual punishment for any of the players who actually did the cheating (except Carlos Beltran, who had retired and therefore no longer had the protection of the players union to shield him from the consequences of his voluntary actions).
After Cody Bellinger spoke out against the cheaters, Correa angrily said Belli “either doesn’t know how to read, is really bad at reading comprehension, or is just not informed at all. If you don’t know the facts, then you’ve got to shut the f— up.”
Of course, Bellinger was merely reacting to the commissioner’s report that confirmed proven cheating in 2017 and 2018 on the part of the Astros, so while perhaps in Correa’s mind there’s some overlooked nuance that everyone is missing, the more likely story is that he’s defensive about having cheated to win a title and lashes out about it while clinging to the fact that Bellinger said “three years” when really they only cheated for two.
So it’s no surprise that some Dodger fans haven’t yet forgiven Correa to the point of embracing him on the team. Many of the comments on the poll referenced the cheating and its aftermath, with one commenter saying Correa will only be welcome “if he apologizes to Bellinger.”
Only if he apologizes to bellinger
— Cody ?? (@CodyMTheKing) October 17, 2022
Fans with the minority view mostly took a practical approach, with one saying, “Anything to win a ring.” We’ll go ahead and assume there are limits to that sentiment, as doing “anything” to win is what got Correa into this mess in the first place.
Pursuing Correa in free agency would definitely be a polarizing move by the Dodgers front office, and it’s easy to see the same people saying “anything for a ring” complaining that Correa ruined the clubhouse chemistry if the move didn’t lead to a championship. If nothing else, it would fire up the fan base.
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