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1. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen has proven to be one of the premier hitters in the game this season, serving as the driving offensive force behind the Pittsburgh Pirates’ return from irrelevancy. For the first time since 1992, the Pirates finished the regular season with a winning record. Better yet, the Pirates finished just three games out of the NL Central division lead, boasting the fourth-best record in the league at 94-68. While Andrew McCutchen has proved to be the most valuable player in the Pirates’ lineup, he has also proven to be one of the best all-around players in the league. McCutchen finished second in the league with a WAR of 8.2 and ranked among the top 10 in multiple offensive categories, such as seventh in batting average (.317), sixth in OPS (.911), runs (97), stolen bases (27) and SLG (.508). He has the bat, the glove, the determination, and the leadership that helps teams win championships. McCutchen was also an All-Star for the third straight season and he won the Silver Slugger award for the second straight season. Andrew McCutchen was deservingly selected as the 2013 National League MVP receiving 28 first place votes. The post Top 5 N.L. Batters in 2013: Andrew McCutchen appeared first on UTN Sports.

Pittsburgh Pirates doing away with pirate as team's primary logo

Tweet   Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates were among the better stories of the Major League Baseball season. With eventual National League MVP Andrew McCutchen and Comeback Player of the Year Francisco Liriano leading the way the Pirates finished with a 94-68 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since 1992. It was their first time...

Pirates are ditching iconic pirate from logo

In what could quite possibly be the worst news you have read about all day, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced Wednesday their plan to ditch the iconic Jolly Roger pirate in favor of the gold "P" emblem.Although the current design (seen above) has been around since 1997, the storied franchise has been using some version of the scowling pirate since the 1930s. The good news...

Thoughts on a quiet winter

The very second that the Pirates were eliminated from the NLDS by the Cardinals this was a true statement about the Pirates' outlook for 2014: If the Pirates are going to be better in 2014 than they were in 2013, it'll be because they get a full season of Gerrit Cole, because of Starling Marte's evolution as a hitter and Gregory Polanco's development into a big...

Pirates Notes: Pittsburgh re-signs Robert Andino to a minor league contract

The face behind the "Curse of the Andino" will be taking his talents to Florida this spring, as the Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have reached an agreement with infielder Robert Andino on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.The #Pirates have signed INF Robert Andino to a minor league contract, which includes an invite to Major League spring training...

News and notes

The Pirates still haven’t made any significant moves lately, but there’s been a fair amount of Bucco news early this week: For the first time ever, PNC Park will host an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game this season – May 11 vs the Cards at 8:05. This more of an interesting note than a legitimately big deal, but it is nice to see the Bucs finally get one of those. They made...

Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez throwing but uncertain if he will begin Spring Training on time

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez made only 12 starts in 2013 before landing on the disabled list on June 6 with a strained left forearm. He tried to rehab enough to pitch again in the Pirates' first winning season and postseason appearance since 1992, but he could not overcome the strain. He shut it down completely in October to rest his arm. Now, Rodriguez has...

Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez encouraged by first throwing session in months

A simple session of long toss usually isn't anything for a pitcher to get nervous about. But Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez admits he was on edge a few weeks ago when he picked up a ball and went to throw. “I was thinking in my mind, ‘Is the pain still there?'” Rodriguez said Tuesday. “I threw nice and easy and didn't feel anything. It was a relief. Right...

Pirates reach minor league deal with OF Dickerson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Chris Dickerson that includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 31-year-old Dickerson hit .238 with four home runs and 13 RBIs with Baltimore in 2013. Dickerson is a .262 career hitter with 15 homers and 60 RBIs in 314 games for Cincinnati, Milwaukee, the New York Yankees and the Orioles...

Pirates pitcher Rodriguez encouraged by first throwing session

Pitching coach Ray Searage wanted to get a thorough look at left-hander Wandy Rodriguez during a long-toss session Tuesday, but the weather did not cooperate. The sky was sunny and blue above Pirate City on the second day of minicamp, but the temperature hovered only in the mid-30s with a stiff wind that made it feel several degrees colder. To cut down on the risk of injury, Searage...

Pirates sign Dickerson to minor league deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league contract, which also includes an invitation to Major League spring training as a non-roster player.

Pirates sign Andino to minor league deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Robert Andino to a minor league contract, which also includes an invitation to Major League spring training as a non-roster player.


The Pirates announced some changes to their logo on Wednesday, which created some confusion around the ‘Burgh based on how it was reported. The team is making the gold “P” the official primary logo, replacing the Pirate with the red bandana and the gold lettering on top.  Some people have misunderstood this to mean that the Jolly Roger is going away. The Jolly Roger is not...

Links: Baseball America's best farm system, plus Chris Dickerson

Sorry I've been away from the blog for so long; you don't want to read a list of excuses, so let's just say that I've got a lot on my plate right now and there just isn't much that's happened to the Pirates this winter, as we'll discuss below. Now that spring training is getting closer (!!!) I hope to be at the keyboard quite a bit more. Certainly, I&...
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