Astros' Carlos Correa clarifies why he didn't go to White House

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The team's former first base coach, Rich Dauer, will also attend after almost dying after developing a blood clot near the brain just minutes after the team's World Series parade in November. The Astros said Giles had a family commitment. "It was just that the day off was ideal to be able to provide some help for the people in Puerto Rico in need".

Correa used the day off to gather supplies for Puerto Rico, which is still suffering after being hit by Hurricane Maria in the fall.

Carlos Beltran, a member of the Astros' championship team who has since retired - as well as a native of Puerto Rico - also declined to attend Monday's ceremony.

"I didn't think it was right for me to go and talk to the president about Puerto Rico when we were going there for the team, for the incredible year we had and for what we brought to the city of Houston". "I just want to bring some awareness to what is going on".

"I didn't think it was right for me to go and talk to the president about Puerto Rico when we were going there for the team, for the fantastic year we had and for what we brought to the city of Houston", Correa said.

Players, not to mention entire teams, refusing an invitation to the White House has become a political flash point since Trump took office.

"For me there is nothing better than getting phone calls from the people in my hometown thanking me, getting videos from the people in my hometown thanking me for all the help I've been providing", he said.