The glove. The bat. The athleticism. The age. These are the primary reasons to sign soon-to-be free agent shortstop Carlos Correa.
But, man. I’m just saying. You watch him in a video like this, talking about the modern art of hitting, and you just want the Cubs to sign him all the more:
Carlos Correa: Great at baseball, sneaky great at TV, too.
Where I think a clip like this does have some additive value in thinking about a Correa signing is simply in showing off his baseball intelligence. That’s not a new revelation – Correa’s deep interest in the minutiae of the game and the statistically-inclined approach are well-documented – but it’s pretty awesome to see it in action.
Also? Doing TV like that is not easy. Coming off as naturally and relatably as Correa does is suggestive of a guy who easily makes connections with people. When Carter Hawkins talks about the importance of players fitting into the group, and becoming part of the culture of the organization (in both directions), it’s not that hard to see Correa as a guy who can fit in just about anywhere.