Pirates OF McCutchen deals with stardom in stride

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 19, 2013
Andrew McCutchen insists he will not change even while he becomes one of baseball's biggest young stars. The 26-year-old finished third in National League MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .327 with 31 homers and 96 RBIs. His performance made Pittsburgh's decision to offer him a six-year, $51-million contract extension last spring a downright bargain. The baseball world has taken notice. McCutchen won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award last year and his face graces the cover of a popular baseball video game. McCutchen says he's growing comfortable with his newfound fame but remains focused on turning the Pirates into winners. Pittsburgh hasn't had a player like McCutchen since Barry Bonds left more than 20 years ago. Unlike Bonds, though, McCutchen has no plans on leaving.
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