Carlos Corporan is the most forgettable player on the Houston Astros, but at the same time, he is unforgettable.
Corporan is the Astros’ backup catcher. He is solid behind the plate. He calls a good game for the pitchers, and he plays some good defense. Anytime there is an injury to a catcher, Corporan is always there to step up and do a solid job behind the plate. To the average fan, the job Corporan does goes unnoticed. But let me tell you a little story about why Corporan should remembered.
Corporan went through one of the worst tragedies known to mankind. Last October, he and his wife lost their 16-month old son. Their son, Carlos Jr, battled serious health conditions throughout his brief lifetime. During that time, he underwent four heart surgeries. Throughout that time, Astros’ catcher was back and forth between his family and his Astros family.
During the Astros spring game yesterday, Corporan came up to bat and I couldn’t help but remember his family’s tragedy, but he doesn’t just need to be remembered because of that horrible tragedy.
Like I said, Corporan is always there when the Astros need him. He’ll give the team solid defense behind the plate, and every so often, will come through with the bat.
So far this spring, as if it was any question, Corporan has all but locked up a spot on the Astros’ Opening Night roster. He has hit .375 throughout Spring Training thus far. To go along with those hits, he has provided solid defense behind the plate.
Are you surprised? Because I am not. He will end up calling a nice game for whichever pitcher needs it.
For this very reason, Carlos Corporan deserves respect. He is a family man with both his actual family, and his Astros family. From now on, I urge the average fan to pay attention to the job Corporan does for the Astros.