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Andrew McCutchen: A Real Star

Andrew McCutchen: A Real Star

Take a look at the current FanGraphs leaderboards and you'll see these three players sitting in the top three spots when sorted by WAR (Wins Above Replacement):

1. Jose Bautista - Currently sitting with 26 homers, a .328 average, and a 1.150 OPS

2. Jose Reyes - Hitting for a .354 average and a .927 OPS, along with great defense (a 1.7 UZR)

3. Andrew McCutchen

McCutchen ranks third in WAR this year.

That's right.  Andrew McCutchen currently ranks as the third best qualified position player in baseball, a group consisting of 158 players.  And yet McCutchen wasn't named to the NL All-Star team.  Now I'm not going to talk about how McCutchen was an All-Star snub.  That's mostly because I don't care about the All-Star game.  It used to be a fun event.  Now it represents everything that is wrong with the way baseball is run.  The All-Star game and the events surrounding it used to be a nice 2-3 day event.  Then they had a tie game, and to save face, all future games would deci...

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