Five Pirates Among the Top 100 Players Right Now

On Wednesday night, MLB Network began their top 100 countdown of current Major League players. The countdown consisted of five shows, each an hour long, shown over the last three days. Andrew McCutchen was obviously the highest rated player from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his spot could surprise people a little based on previous rankings on MLB Network. McCutchen ranked sixth overall...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
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Discussing Spring Training Battles With David Todd

I was on with David Todd yesterday on ESPN 970, discussing a lot of Spring Training topics. We briefly discussed why an Andrew McCutchen extension doesn’t need to be discussed now. I talked about why this is one of the slowest camps in Spring Training, but went into some of the pitching spots that will be up for grabs, and some of the pitchers who could be fighting for those final...
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First Pitch: An Extension For Andrew McCutchen Shouldn’t Be a Priority in 2015

There was a time in recent Pittsburgh Pirates history when Pirates fans discussed trading Andrew McCutchen for prospects. It was prior to the 2012 season. A winning season was still a pipe dream at the time. McCutchen hadn’t been extended yet. He wasn’t even an MVP at the time — just a good, young player with a ton of upside. The thought was that the Pirates would miss their...
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Pirates open to extending Andrew McCutchen

I’m a day behind on this story, but I think it’s an important one to weigh in on. Yesterday Bob Nutting talked to Rob Biertempfel at the Trib, saying that he’d like Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate for a “long, long time” and Biertempfel’s sources indicated that while the Pirates are not actively engaged in extension talks with McCutchen, that the team would be willing...
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Daily-ish Facepalm 2.26.15 – Rizzo’s stance, Coach Manny

Is Rizzo’s offensive surge for real? Sahadev takes a long look at Rizzo’s hitting mechanics during his breakout 2014 season vs his relatively disappointing 2013 over at BP. It’s behind the paywall*, but here are some highlights. Some of these are not super surprising for those of us who watched way too much Cubs baseball last year but it’s nice to see it all in one place...
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Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
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Pirates Preparing to Offer Big Extension to Andrew McCutchen

The Pirates are preparing to offer a Giancarlo Stanton type extension to star center fielder Andrew McCutchen according to a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburg Tribune Review. Despite being under contract till the 2018 season, McCutchen is already arguably the greatest center fielder in Pirates history. He is the closest thing to a franchise player since Barry Bonds was in...
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Don't expect to see these guys on a US Olympic baseball team

  Major League Baseball is a major financial supporter of the effort to reinstate baseball as an Olympic sport, but that doesn’t mean we should expect a Team USA outfield of Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Speaking to FOX Sports after a news conference here Monday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hinted that he’d consider similar representation...
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Understanding Advanced Baseball Stats: Hitting

“Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.” ~ Leo Durocher Durocher, a 17-year major league vet and Hall of Fame manager, sums up the game of baseball quite brilliantly in the above quote, and it’s pretty ridiculous how much fans really don’t understand about the game of baseball that they watch so much. This holds especially true when you start talking about baseball...
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Corey Hart Discusses His Knees, Last Year’s Hitting, and Joining the Pirates

Up until a few years ago, Corey Hart was a dangerous hitter. From 2010-2012 he had a .279/.343/.514 line, averaging 29 home runs per season. To put that in perspective, an .857 OPS would have ranked 15th among 146 qualified hitters in baseball last year, and would have ranked second on the Pirates — ahead of Josh Harrison and behind Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates signed Hart for...
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Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After back-to-back appearances in the postseason, the Pirates are starting to expect more and more. In 2013, Pittsburgh made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Last year, they earned a spot in the NL Wild Card. In both instances, they lose to the NL World Series representative. Maybe, this is the year where Pittsburgh wins the National League pennant and plays in the Fall...
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Pirates' McCutchen recalls how family couldn't afford to showcase his baseball skills

When Jackie Robinson West was stripped of its national Little League World Series title for violating residency rules Wednesday, shocked fans were left wondering how adults could destroy the dreams of preteens just to win. But Andrew McCutchen doesn't see it that way. The Pittsburgh Pirates star wrote a thoughtful piece for The Players' Tribune on Friday about how the institution...
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Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen: Baseball ‘Freezes Out’ Lower-Income Families

When Jackie Robinson West was stripped of its national Little League World Series title for violating residency rules Wednesday, shocked fans were left wondering how adults could destroy the dreams of preteens just to win. But Andrew McCutchen doesn’t see it that way. The Pittsburgh Pirates star wrote a thoughtful piece for The Players’ Tribune on...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has some intriguing thoughts on low-income youth and baseball

Andrew McCutchen makes poignant remarks in his article Credit: AP/Michael Perez Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen has a very unique perspective about economically disadvantaged youth and baseball.  That’s because he was one.  McCutchen poured out his story in an article he authored titled “Left Out” in The Players Tribune, an intriguing media platform...
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Andrew McCutchen: Baseball freezes out lower income kids

Andrew McCutchen, writing at the Player’s Tribune: Baseball used to be the sport where all you needed was a stick and a ball. It used to be a way out for poor kids. Now it’s a sport that increasingly freezes out kids whose parents don’t have the income to finance the travel baseball circuit. McCutchen has what is probably the most thoughtful take I’ve read anywhere on what...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: McCutchen, Kang, Power Rankings

If you haven’t seen Andrew McCutchen’s essay that has been making its way around the internet, do yourself a favor and click: Left Out: @Pirates outfielder @TheCUTCH22 on ending baseball’s class divide. — The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) February 13, 2015 I didn’t think it was possible for me to have any more...
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Pirates Ranked as the Third Best Team in Baseball

On on Friday afternoon, David Schoenfield wrapped up his rankings on all 30 teams in baseball and he placed the Pittsburgh Pirates third in all of baseball. They are also third in the National League, falling behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. Schoenfield put a lot of work into these rankings, splitting them up into five separate articles. In his evaluation...
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Andrew McCutchen < 500

In Charlie Wilmoth’s Dry Land (a great read to prep yourself for spring training if you didn’t read it last year!), he’s got an interview with former Indianapolis Indians’ play-by-play guy Scott McCauley where Scott talks about how Pirate fans would obsess over minor league players in a way that sort of befuddled every other minor league broadcaster that he’d ever...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Releases the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 ZiPS Projections

FanGraphs has released the 2015 ZiPS projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are a lot of projection systems out there, but ZiPS is one of the most popular ones, and also one of the better systems. For tonight’s First Pitch, I’ll be doing some analysis using these figures. For now, here is a quick rundown of what was said in the article. **Andrew McCutchen is projected...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels a trade destination for Strasburg, is McCutchen better than Trout?

The January 22nd, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Angels a trade destination for Strasburg, claiming McCutchen is better than Trout and much more… The Story: The Angels are considered a potential trade destination for Stephen Strasburg.The Monkey Says: Here we go. The speculation machine is already running at overdrive for the Strasburg trade scenarios. There...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones Make Twitter Bet On Steelers-Ravens Game

The stakes are high for Saturday’s AFC Wild Card Game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Or at least they are for Andrew McCutchen and Adam Jones. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles outfielders made a Twitter bet on the outcome of the playoff game between the two AFC North rivals. It was based on a bet made earlier in the...
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

No repeat for Cutch

I didn’t expect Andrew McCutchen to win the NL MVP — I think it’s pretty darn tough to make a good argument for him over Clayton Kershaw, who won it along with the Cy Young award. Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the NL MVP since Bob Gibson, so that gives you an idea of how rare it is – and how awesome Kershaw was. I don’t buy the logic that a pitcher can’t be...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen finishes third in NL MVP voting, Josh Harrison ninth, Russell Martin 13th

Baseball’s award season officially culminated in the MVP Awards tonight, and for the second time in three years, Andrew McCutchen finished third in the balloting. Of course, he won the award in the season he didn’t finish third, so he’s on a pretty solid run. Clayton Kershaw won the award, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise, and Giancarlo Stanton finished second. Josh...
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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