Andrew McCutchen feeling centered again with Pirates, but shouldn’t get too comfortable


Andrew McCutchen, improbably, is back in his old position with the Pirates, months after the organization tried to trade him. He’s intent on proving that his Pirate bosses were wrong and that he’s still a franchise cornerstone.

McCutchen has played his past 12 games in center field, in place of the suspended Starling Marte, after being shifted to right field in the offseason. He has made it clear he wants to stay there. Check out these two plays against the Cardinals on April 18:

“Center field is where I need to play. It’s where I’m going to be at. If I need to show a couple people that, you know, I can do what I need to out there, I’m going to do it,” he later told reporters, per the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette.

Those “couple people,” one can assume, are Bucs Authentic Cheap Jerseys From China manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington.

Those honors instead belong to Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez, who were elected to the 2017 class Wednesday.

But Bonds and Clemens are gaining votes, as Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters are slowly getting past whatever reservations they might have about players most prominently connected to the Steroid Era. Clemens and Bonds, who received 45.2 and 44.3 percent of votes last year, are up to 54.1 and 53.8 percent in 2017 respectively, closing in on the 75 percent threshold needed to make it into Cooperstown.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *