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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Center Field

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Center Field

The Pirates watched as Andrew McCutchen put together an impressive 2012 season while roaming center field. When he wasn't hitting a career-high 31 bombs --which lead the team -- or setting another career-high in batting average (.327), McCutchen was showing off his speed in the spacious outfield by making diving plays. The 26-year-old, who was named to his second straight All-Star game, played in 156 games for Pittsburgh of the seasons 162 game schedule.

In 2011, McCutchen started the first half of the season with an impressive campaign. By the All-Star break, he had a .291 average and 14 long balls. But a second half slump, which McCutchen admitted to trying to swing for the fences when the team collapsed, contributed to just a .217 average over the final 70 games to drop his season clip to .259. In the offseason, McCutchen worked hard to ensure that he wouldn't have the same problem in 2012.

McCutchen once again started off strong. By the break this year, he had posted an impre...

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