Andrew McCutchen has the numbers that would warrant his third trip to the All-Star Game.
I don't usually follow the All-Star Game that much. Part of that is probably because there hasn't been much reason to follow the game from the Pirates perspective. Honestly it's also a nice 2-3 day period where I can relax in the middle of the marathon season, because there's no games that count. Well, except for the All-Star Game. It counts. It shouldn't count for anything, but once upon a time the All-Star Game ended in a tie, and to solve the "What happens if we run out of pitchers again" problem, Bud Selig decided to have the All-Star Game determine home field advantage in the World Series. That's like if you had a problem where the All-Star Game ended in a tie, and you decided to solve the problem by having the game determine home field advantage in the World Series. I'd try to come up with a different metaphor, but I can't think of anything as absurd as that.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.