First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?
Nov14

First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?

Neal Huntington has made a lot of good moves in his time as the General Manager. This past off-season he signed two of the biggest values on the free agent market when he brought in Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. He traded for A.J. Burnett the previous off-season, getting the starter for next to nothing in prospects and at a reduced price. He’s drafted well, and those drafts are starting to produce results in the majors....

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Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award
Nov14

Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award

The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Andrew McCutchen the National League MVP for the 2013 season. The award for McCutchen is expected, as he was a heavy favorite to win. The other finalists were Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. McCutchen received 28 of 30 first place votes. McCutchen had an amazing season, posting an 8.2 WAR. That was the best mark in the...

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First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?
Nov06

First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Today I recapped the third base position, which was mostly a recap of how Pedro Alvarez did in 2013 and how there are no internal options to eventually replace Alvarez at third base. Later in the evening, Alvarez won his first Silver Slugger award after leading all NL third basemen with 36 home runs. In the last two years, Alvarez has taken some huge strides with his game. The 2011 season was a disaster, with Alvarez posting a .561...

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Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Win Silver Slugger Awards
Nov06

Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Win Silver Slugger Awards

The Silver Slugger awards were held tonight, with Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez winning awards at their respective positions. For the second year in a row and second time in his career, Andrew McCutchen won a Silver Slugger award in the outfield. Meanwhile, Alvarez won the first of his career, taking home the NL third base Silver Slugger. McCutchen had a strong offensive season again this year, hitting for a .317/.404/.508 line...

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McCutchen and Hurdle Are Finalists For BBWAA Awards
Nov05

McCutchen and Hurdle Are Finalists For BBWAA Awards

Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle have both been named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards, which are the official MLB awards as voted by baseball writers. Hurdle was a finalist for the NL Manager of the year. The award will be announced on November 12th. Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers were also NL finalists. Hurdle won the Sporting News NL Manager of the Year award a few...

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