Since before Starling Marte arrived in Pittsburgh, I've been saying that Marte should be the center fielder for the Pirates over Andrew McCutchen. I said the same thing when he arrived, and have said it ever since.
The same thing existed when Gregory Polanco was on the fringe of making the active roster. I said that he'd be a better center field option than McCutchen, and repeated that after he arrived in the majors.
All along, the Pirates have stuck with McCutchen in center field, seemingly over the notion that he's their star player and should have the best outfield spot as a result. It's as if it would be an insult to McCutchen to have him play left field.
That's something I don't understand at all. McCutchen is a star because of his offense. He puts up great offensive numbers ...
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