‘I’m Doing Something Right’: Andrew McCutchen Still Has Gas Left In The Tank

‘I’m Doing Something Right’: Andrew McCutchen Still Has Gas Left In The Tank

Andrew McCutchen will go down as one of the best to ever suit up for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

 

The 37-year-old has accomplished a lot throughout his career and is not showing any signs of slowing down when it comes to making an impact on his team.

 

Through 47 games, McCutchen is tied for first on his team in homers with eight and he’s in the top five in batting average, hitting .237. He put together a solid performance at the plate during May as he hit .277 with five home runs, 12 RBI, and a .468 slugging percentage.

 

At the plate, McCutchen has barreled up a good number of pitches, but sometimes in baseball, it doesn’t work out in your favor.

 

“It’s very hard as a professional to not be rewarded when you do everything right,” he said. “The numbers say, more times than not, you are rewarded, but for me, it felt like the polar opposite.”

 

Despite not getting the outcome he wants at the plate when he’s making good contact, that’s not stopping him from continuing to get out there and have success during his at-bats.

 

“I’m doing something right. I’m just not being rewarded for it,” McCutchen said. “That’s how I’m looking at it.”

 

The Florida native has become a hero in the city of Pittsburgh and while he’s still playing, his legacy is cemented there.

 

McCutchen is a player who you want to be around and want to have as a teammate. Not only is he passionate on the field, he’s passionate off as well.

 

He wants to help put his team in the best position to win and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. Yes, he has garnered multiple accolades throughout his career, but he’s a team player and wants to see his team win.

 

At Age 37 Andrew McCutchen Still Impacts Rising Pittsburgh Pirates

 

The Pirates have their work cut out for them if they want to make a push for the postseason this year and you better believe McCutchen is going to lead his team both on and off the field.

 

For his career, McCutchen has posted a .275 batting average through 2,054 games played and has a .464 slugging percentage.

 

Member of the 300 HR Club

 

Coming into the 2024 season, McCutchen was one swing away from reaching a milestone. He accomplished that on April 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies as he hit his 300th career home run.

 

The 2013 National League MVP became the 13th player with 2,000 hits, 400 doubles, 45 triples, 300 homers and 200 stolen bases.

 

“I’m happy that’s over with,” he said after hitting the home run. “I’ve been sitting on that one for a while.”

 

McCutchen became the fourth Pirates player to hit 300 home runs, the last Pirate to do so was Jeremy Burnitz in 2006.

 

 

When his career is over, there’s no question he will be inducted into the Pirates Hall of Fame. What he’s done for the Pirates organization cannot go unnoticed and he has proven time after time that he’s one of the best that has suited up for the Bucs.

#HIGH FIVE | These Are The Bros Who Were Gettin It Done This Week

#HIGH FIVE | These Are The Bros Who Were Gettin It Done This Week

Hunter Greene has been stacking great starts together for over a month and it is about time the league started taking notice. He dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers for a second straight start last Saturday to lower his ERA to 1.95 in his last six games, earning him the top spot on Week 9 of our #HighFive List.

 

1. Hunter Greene “Machine”

Hunter Greene is showing signs of why he was the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
He appeared to turn a corner after his outing in late April against the defending champion Texas Rangers.
Since then, in a span lasting over his last six starts, Greene is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Birth Of An Ace | Hunter Greene Is 3-0 With A 1.95 ERA In His Last Six Starts

Greene gave up one run on five hits and a walk Saturday night against the Dodgers to secure the Reds their first series win since their April 21st matchup against the Angels. He is making a great case for himself to be invited to Arlington, Texas for Major League Baseball’s 94th All-Star Game, posting a 3.06 ERA with 71 strikeouts on the year. The next time Greene takes the mound will be in the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

 

2. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman was one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League during the month of May, posting a 1.76 ERA in 30.1 innings ahead of his final start of the month tonight in San Francisco.

 

 

Stroman picked up the win last Saturday in San Diego after throwing six shutout innings of three-hit baseball, adding five strikeouts. That improved his record to 4-2 while lowering his season ERA to 2.76 after 11 starts. Stroman has given up just one earned run in his last three starts, spanning 19.1 innings.

 

3. Aaron Judge

Although pitching takes center stage on our #HighFive this week, Aaron Judge still earned himself his usual spot after being given the honor of being named as MLBbro.com Homeboi Highlights.

 

When Aaron Judge Gets Hot He’s As Dominant As Any MLB Player To Ever Do It

The Yankees took off as a team during May in large part due to Judge’s success. He slashed .364/.491/.875 with 11 home runs, 21 RBI, 22 walks and 21 doubles this month. “We are just watching greatness,” teammate Marcus Stroman told reporters last weekend when asked about Judge.

“Sometimes you can take it for granted to be honest, but like I said this is something that I will be sitting with my grandkids and telling them about.”

 

4. Jordan Hicks

 

Jordan Hicks continues to shine in his first season as a full-time starter. Out of the 11 games he started this year, all but one have been quality starts and he has not given up more than three earned in any of them. In his start last weekend against the Mets he struck out eight in five innings and only allowed one earned on just one hit and two walks to lower his ERA to 2.33 after 58 innings.

Jordan Hicks Donates $220K Of Salary To Giants Community Fund

Tonight, he will take the mound against the New York Yankees where he will face off against fellow #HighFive member Aaron Judge.

 

5. Mookie Betts

The best all-around player in the Majors takes the final spot on our Week 9 #HighFive list. Mookie Betts had his modest six-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday after an 0-for-4 showing at the plate but still put up some impressive numbers over his last seven games.

He hit .345 with a .406 On Base Percentage out of his normal leadoff spot and still is near the top of the National League leaderboard for most offensive categories including OPS, hits, doubles, slugging percentage, OPS and runs scored. This weekend Betts’ Dodgers will welcome a Colorado Rockies team to town that has won 12 of their last 19 games.

Atlanta Braves Need To Get Tommy Pham As Injury Sidelines Ronald Acuna

Atlanta Braves Need To Get Tommy Pham As Injury Sidelines Ronald Acuna

Michael Harris II and the Atlanta Braves had already lost one superstar for the season, and over the weekend, things got worse.

Reigning National League MVP Ronald Acuna Jr. joined ace Spencer Strider on the season-ending IL with a torn left ACL after faking toward third and attempting a return to second base. ACL tears are extremely rare in baseball, and now Acuna has torn both in four years.

Atlanta, already six games behind Taijuan Walker and the Philadelphia Phillies at the start of play Monday, will now look to remain in the playoff hunt without two of the best players in baseball.

Harris was open with his feelings about losing Ronnie for the season.

“It’s a huge hit to this team. The kind of player he is, what he does for us. For him to go through it once but now have to go through it twice I know that really is hitting him hard. He’s changing the game, he does a lot of things that people can’t do and he does it at a high rate. Obviously last year his numbers speak for themselves.”

With their best offensive weapon lost for the season, Harris knows that it will take a team effort to replace his production. “We’ve gotta try even harder to do little things to get momentum in games. Pitchers are still doing a phenomenal job, we just got to step up at the plate a little more and help them out.”

Harris has started to find his groove at the plate, despite his power numbers still lagging behind. Over his last seven games, Michael is hitting .310 with one home run for the Braves.

Atlanta is no stranger to life without Ronnie (they won the 2021 World Series while he was recovering from his first ACL tear), so General Manager Alex Anthopoulos is likely to hit the trade market to help bolster a Braves roster that is still talented enough to make the playoffs.

Tommy Pham Can Help Atlanta

One name that the Braves should certainly look at is Chicago White Sox outfielder Tommy Pham. Tommy was signed by Chicago after the injury to All-Star centerfielder Luis Robert Jr. with all intentions of being dealt by the trade deadline.

Pham has been productive for Chicago since his arrival, slashing .307/.352./.799 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 114 at-bats. While those numbers pale in comparison to the 2023 NL MVP, Tommy is a veteran who has proven he can provide a spark to a playoff team.

Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired the veteran outfielder and he was one of their top contributors throughout their run to the World Series. Pham hit .429 in the NLDS and despite the loss, hit an impressive .421 with three doubles in the World Series.

Chicago is at the bottom of the AL Central with no intentions of contending in 2024. A call from Atlanta would be more than welcomed.

Hall of Fame East-West Classic Honors Our History: The MLBbros Were Outside

Hall of Fame East-West Classic Honors Our History: The MLBbros Were Outside

On Saturday, May 25 a special baseball game was held in Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame East-West Classic was at Doubleday Field and featured 30 former MLBbros.

 

An instant classic it was as the East defeated the West 5-4 in six innings.

 

Ryan Howard Wins East-West Classic MVP 

 

2008 World Series champ Ryan Howard was named MVP after hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth to give the East the lead.

 

“It’s always been a fraternity,” Howard said after the game. “The cool part about it is you have your teammates that you play with coming up in the Minor Leagues. And a lot of the guys you play against at each level in the Minor Leagues, so in a sense you’re coming up together with them, as well. … And just to have this kind of brotherhood and continue to have it is special.”

 

Over 5,700 fans came out to watch former All-Star and Hall of Fame players.

 

Curtis Granderson hit the first home run of the game.

 

 

“It’s cool,” he said, wearing a Newark Eagles jersey. “Anytime I got a chance to play in these [Negro League throwbacks] throughout the course of a season, I always looked forward to it and loved it, so I’m happy to get a chance to put it back on again today.”

 

 

Your Favorite MLBbros Competed 

 

What a better way to honor the Negro Leagues than to have former MLB players coming together for a game?

 

It was a wonderful sight witnessing generations of MLBbros out there on the diamond.

 

Edwin Jackson took the mound to start the game, and it was good to see him reminiscing about his time in the big leagues and he let people know that he still has a little left in the tank.

 

Adam Jones Defeated Prince Fielder In Home Run Derby 

 

Before the game, they did a home run derby contest and Adam Jones defeated Prince Fielder. One player who received a lot of recognition from the crowd was star outfielder and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Along with the game, the weekend featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Souls of the Game exhibit.

 

 

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, an award-winning poet, was one of the consultants who was included in the development of the project, and he was pleased to see all the support.

 

“The fact that people really want to start and think about the roots of the story, the voices, from the beginning, people we don’t often think about — Bud Fowler, Octavius Catto, those types of players, it really excites me,” he said. “I think what’s really wonderful about the exhibit is, we can rethink the story of baseball that we want to tell to ourselves and to our future selves. Instead of thinking, well, let’s pick this up from 2020 or 2024 or whatever.”

 

Expect a lot more events similar to this in the near future and we can’t wait to see more of our MLBbro’s come together and fellowship with one another.

Diversified Bonds: MLBbro Icon and MLB Home Run King Barry Bonds Enters Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame

Diversified Bonds: MLBbro Icon and MLB Home Run King Barry Bonds Enters Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame

All-time MLBbro great and reigning home run king Barry Bonds has ripped up the record books when it pertains to offensive productivity over his career. For a five year period, pitchers were so afraid to throw to him, intentional walks were pretty much the norm and drew boos from the crowd…when his team was on the road!

 

Back in 2022, MLBbro.com documented an opinion piece on baseball’s attempts to not only blackball Bonds from the Hall of Fame but every home run discussion going forward…

 

MLBbro.com Investigates the Underlying Disrespect of MLBbro Icon Barry Bonds | To Some, He’s A King Without A Kingdom

 

The MLBbro legend will sadly be defined by his allegations of steroid use that some use to tarnish the superstar status he attained with the San Francisco Giants. Baseball fans, analysts and some MLB players forget (or choose to ignore) that Barry Bonds was one of the influential superstars in Pittsburgh Pirates history!

 

 

Despite Bonds’ not gaining election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the 75 percent needed over the ten years on the ballot, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be inducted into the team Hall of Fame on August 24th.

 

The Pirates drafted Bonds with the sixth pick of the 1985 and the next seven years was filled with awards for our MLBbro legend and championship contention for Pittsburgh.

 

Barry Bonds:

 

  • A hitting slash of .275/.380/.503 that adds to the OPS+ advanced stat of 147…
  • The only player in franchise history with two MVP awards…
  • Named to two All-Star teams…
  • Won two Silver Slugger awards and three Gold Gloves…
  • Ranked 5th on the Pirates franchise list in homers with 176…
  • Only player in franchise history to have at least 175 home runs AND 200 stolen bases…

 

Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • Three straight NL East titles in Bonds’ final three years…
  • A 1992 NL Championship series matchup with the Atlanta Braves…

 

It’s a start for Barry Bonds’s road to redemption and the Pirates looking at the accomplishments instead of reputations is a good start…

“As an organization, we are proud to add three significant members to the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame,” Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said in a statement. “Included in this year’s class is a two-time MVP award-winner in Barry, a two-time Manager-of-the-Year-winner in Jim and a two-time World Series champion with the Pirates in Manny. All three inductees are very deserving of this prestigious recognition. We look forward to celebrating their induction with our fans and sharing their stories with generations to come.”

The appreciation shown from Barry Bonds was evident when he shared his feelings on the induction.

Bonds will be celebrated with former Pirates player, Manny Sanguillen and his old manager Jim Leyland. There will be plenty to show the infamous blowout between Bonds and Leyland but MLBbro.com closes this article showing the entire story…learn.

 

Minor Setback, Major Comeback | Byron Buxton Heats Up Post-Injury, Dominates Nationals 

Minor Setback, Major Comeback | Byron Buxton Heats Up Post-Injury, Dominates Nationals 

Maybe he just needed some rest. 

 

Minnesota Twins centerfield Byron Buxton returned from injury on Saturday as the Twins attempted to do away with its four-game losing streak, but it couldn’t reign victorious. It wasn’t until Tuesday though, when Buxton told the Nationals to buckle in as he took them for a ride. 

 

At Nationals Park, Buxton knocked two bro bombs over the wall along with three runs batted in in a 10-0 victory against the Nationals — snapping the Twins’ seven-game losing streak.

 

 

On May 1, Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton went down with knee inflammation, an injury that knocked him out of action for a couple of weeks. 

 

Upon his return, the 2022 MLB All-Star returned but was only able to register two hits in three contests. 

 

 

This time, Buxton took a different approach and things worked out. 

 

“I’ve been overthinking a little bit,” Buxton told the media after the contest. “Today, just went up there and didn’t try to do too much.” 

 

For a slugger, a performance like that would add up given his mentality on Tuesday. Despite manning the designated hitter spot last season, injuries have set Buxton back and prevented him from reaching slugger status. 

 

In fact, the two blasts brought Buxton’s season total to three, as he’s participated in 32 games and boasts a .257 batting average. 

 

Buxton made his mark as a designated hitter in 2023 in an attempt to preserve his right knee. With his knee problems and the team’s losing skid, Buxton’s back was against the wall and he still prevailed.

 

“Something needed to change,” Buxton said.  

 

On his first homer, Buxton took Patrick Corbin’s cutter into opposite field and queued his signature “Buck Truck” celebration as he trotted around the basepath with his team up 1-0. 

 

The hit got not just Buxton energized, but the whole team as Corbin continued to get mauled by the Twins bats. One homer is enough for Buxton though, right? 

 

 

Incorrect. 

 

In the fifth inning, Buxton boomed another ball across the wall with Carlos Correa coming in from first. The homer marked Buxton’s first multi-homer game since July 21, 2023, against the White Sox. 

 

A performance like such coming soon after injury is encouraging for Buxton as he hopes to make it through the season generally healthy for once. 

 

In prior seasons, Buxton’s injury plague has forced 2017 to be the last time the 6-foot-2 outfielder played in at least 100 games. Despite this, Buxton is on the books for 7 years, $100 million after avoiding arbitration in 2022. 

 

Byron Buxton Is Injured Again and Unfortunately Nobody Is Surprised | Big Bux Bounce Back !

 

In that campaign, Buxton’s value was clear as he boasted a 4 WAR. That value has been in question as he has put forth a .8 and .6 WAR in the following seasons, respectively. 

 

After a big game over the Nats, though, Buxton could be turning back the clock and proving his worth as the season continues.