Iván Correa

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Biographical Information[edit]

Iván Correa had a long career in Cuba. His father Erol Correa also played in Cuba while his son Lisbán Correa would win a MVP.

Correa debuted with the Metropolitanos in 1986-1987. He was one for ten with three walks in 1987-1988. By 1988-1989, he hit .242/.310/.536 with 14 homers and 40 RBI in 40 games. He easily led his club in homers (no one else had more than five) but he also led the league with 51 whiffs. In 1989-1990, he was 3 for 16 with two walks and a homer.

He was 1 for 13 with two walks and a home run in 1990-1991, hit .250/.351/.281 in 1991-1992 and .205/.327/.447 in 1992-1993, finally winning a regular role again. He produced at a .266/.384/.503 clip in 1993-1994, then .316/.425/.576 with 30 walks and 40 RBI in 56 games in 1994-1995, hitting a team-high 12 dingers.

In 1995-1996, he remained steady at .293/.398/.581 with 13 homers and 41 RBI in 49 games. He dropped to .185/.320/.363 and six homers in 1996-1997 and .247/.344/.372 in 1997-1998. He moved to the Industriales in 1998-1999, batting .285/.369/.482 and finishing 10th in the league with 12 homers.

Cuba returned to a wood bat for the first time since the mid-1970s in 1999-2000 and offensive numbers plummeted. He hit .220/.332/.397 for the champion Industriales. His 10 home runs were enough to lead the league, the lowest since Pedro José Rodríguez, Sr. in the prior wood-bat era; he was one ahead of the legendary Orestes Kindelán as well as Gabriel Pierre and Michel Abreu. He also led the league in bases per hit, just ahead of Kindelán. His son would win a home run title 21 years later.

The veteran batted .264/.382/.516 with 18 home runs in 2000-2001, just missing the top ten in homers that year. He fell off drastically in his final season, going 5 for 30 with a double, homer and nine walks in 2001-2002, shortly before his son began his career behind the dish.

In 744 games, he had hit .245/.354/.450 with 118 home runs and 381 RBI in 744 games, fielding .979 and throwing out 45.4% of would-be base-thieves.