The Pittsburgh Pirates have plenty of chances to be happy after this historic season, and Andrew McCutchen now joins the list of success for the organization.
After Clint Hurdle was selected as the Manager of the Year, McCutchen earned MVP honors as the All-Star CF topped Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina on his way to win the award.
There was clearly no other way to end the season for the most important player of the franchise.
McCutchen did what’s an MVP is supposed to do on the three phases of the game: he played stellar defense in a premium position, he was the most consistent hitter in a very good lineup, and he was a permanent threat with his speed on the bases. Although the numbers don’t usually tell the whole story, there’s no harm in going through a season that will surely be remembered by Bucs fans for a long time.
McCutchen boasted a .317/.404/.508 slash line and he was able to hit for both power and average, finishing the year with 21 HR and 37 doubles. He also stole 27 bases and added five triples to a season that saw him go from being a great player, into one of the best in all of baseball.
McCutchen was also a huge presence in the clubhouse, being the heart and soul of a franchise that was finally able to turn the corner. After 20 years of losing seasons and playoff frustrations under their belt, the Pirates were able to remain consistent throughout the year, as they finally reached the postseason. Despite the loss against the Cardinals, it’s clear that this was a successful year for the Pirates and that they can build towards the future after his campaign.
McCutchen is one of the biggest reasons the Pirates were this good this past year, and that’s why he deserved to win the biggest award of the season.