BRADENTON -- The 2011 season was like a tale of two season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After being at the top of the National League Central for the first four months of the season, the team struggled for the final two months.
However, learning from those struggles can ultimately make the players a better ball club.
All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said the 2011 season was a great learning experience, and he used the offseason to make sure he doesn't tire out in the second half moving forward.
"It definitely helps you out because you learn from your ups, you learn from your downs," McCutchen said. "When you’re able to put those together, you make something out of it. It was a good learning period for us. Hopefully we’re able to learn from our mistakes, go into this year and have a second half like we had the first half."
McCutchen, who finished the 2011 season with .259 avg, 87 runs, 34 doubles, 23 homers, 89 RBI and 23 stolen bases, focused on getting str...