With 31 home runs and a slash line of .290/.374/.484, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen had an MVP-like year in 2012, even though his team suffered through its 20th consecutive losing season. “Cutch” spent the off-season relaxing, and he’ll soon be ready to start destroying National League pitching again.
That’s right, son: 239, like a Pirates’ team batting average from the mid-to-late 1990s. McCutchen nearly thumped his opponent by 100. He is practically on his way to becoming MLB’s answer to Woody Harrelson in the movie “Kingpin.” He’ll be the boost the sport needs.
In baseball news, the Pirates put together this video of McCutchen for the Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction. McCutchen won the 2012 Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year; the video demonstrates why.
Pitchers and catchers report this week.