Back in 1992 when the Pittsburgh Pirates had their last winning season, there could have been any number of players considered the most valuable on the team. Barry Bonds was certainly up there but at the time so were Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla. Fast forward to this day in time and there is absolutely no question who is the Pirates’ most valuable player this year, last year or next year. That man is Andrew McCutchen.
Cutch, as he is affectionately called sometimes might finally be MVP enough to actually get himself the MVP this season. For certain it helps that the Pirates are finally a winning team and he could easily be the feel-good pick for the award. He is far from a slam dunk winner of it however. He has a lot of competition from Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman alone not to mention Yadier Molina.
We all know Molina’s contribution goes beyond his stellar stats but the same can be said of the other two as well, especially McCutchen. It should probably come down to he and Freeman. Between those two McCutchen has a higher batting average and WAR but falls behind a good bit in home runs and way back in RBI. I would like nothing more than for McCutchen to finally win the award but the first basemen for the team that drafted him might very well be the man that spoils it for him.