Randall Delgado ejected for intentionally hitting Andrew McCutchen (Video)

Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado was ejected for hitting Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen with a pitch on Saturday night. Delgado deserved to be run from the game, because the plunking was clearly intentional.

How do we know this? For starters, Delgado hit McCutchen with first base open and the Pirates leading 5-1 in the ninth inning. The pitch that drilled McCutchen was a fastball right to the center of the back. And then there was the stuff that happened the night before, which the D-Backs obviously felt warranted retaliation but certainly did not.

With Pittsburgh leading 9-4 and nobody on in the ninth on Friday, Ernesto Frieri hit Paul Goldschmidt on the hand with an 0-1 fastball that ran up and in. Given the situation and the location of the pitch, there’s just no way Frieri did it on purpose. See for yourself:

This is clearly just pitching inside, and the ball probably wouldn’t have even hit Goldschmidt if he didn’t drop his hands:

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Andrew McCutchen proposes to girlfriend Maria Hanslovan on Ellen (Video)

Andrew-McCutchen-proposes-to-girlfriendPittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen should be on cloud nine these days. After leading his team to its first playoff appearance since 1992 and winning the NL MVP award in the process, McCutchen is now engaged. The 27-year-old proposed to his beautiful girlfriend Maria Hanslovan on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.

McCutchen told Ellen that he brought a video with him, and at first it appeared it was a tribute to the Pirates center fielder and his phenomenal season. After a few baseball highlights, it turned into a story about how he and Hanslovan met. McCutchen then called Maria on stage and proposed. She said yes.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and props to McCutchen for killing the proposal. He rolled out the red carpet.

Andrew McCutchen Girlfriend Pictures


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Photos: Instagram/Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen wasn’t unanimous NL MVP because two St. Louis writers voted for Yadier Molina

Andrew McCutchenAndrew McCutchen won NL MVP on Thursday, which was an easy choice for most people.

The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder hit .317 with 21 home runs and 27 stolen bases, posting an OPS of .911, all while helping to send the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 1992. He also played a premium position — center field — and posted an 8.2 WAR in Fangraphs’ system, which was second in MLB behind Mike Trout. McCutchen was a star player on a team that made the postseason in a year where there weren’t many other standouts in the NL.

Like I said, he was an easy choice for NL MVP … unless you were from St. Louis.

28 of the 30 voters gave their first-place MVP vote to McCutchen. The two voters who did not vote for McCutchen first were Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who both voted Yadier Molina first. Hummel didn’t even have McCutchen second; he put Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter second and ‘Cutch fourth. Carpenter finished fourth in MVP voting behind Paul Goldschmidt and Molina.

Molina obviously is an excellent player. That is not in dispute. I do think that his contributions calling pitches and handling his pitching staff are immense and difficult to quantify. I think he deserved to be third in MVP voting, but not first ahead of McCutchen. It’s also interesting to note the homerism of the situation — only the St. Louis media voted Yadi first.

Matt Holliday assists on Andrew McCutchen home run

Matt Holliday is one of the top hitters in baseball, but he is also known for creating several fielding bloopers during his career. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder added to his collection of defensive miscues with an embarrassing play on Tuesday.

Matt Holliday Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen took a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons deep to left in the fifth inning of the second game of a double-header between the teams. Holliday went running back to try making the catch at the short wall at PNC Park, but the ball went off the heel of his glove and over the wall for a 2-run home run.

Of course, the reaction from the crazed Pirates fan who taunted Holliday has been getting a lot of attention on the Internet — rightfully so — but this is just embarrassing from Holliday.

Recall that Holliday whiffed on a ball that hit him in the groin in the 2009 playoffs, and then he made an error against the Giants in the playoffs last year. Someone needs to get him back in the AL so he can DH and not worry about the field.

Andrew McCutchen tweets awesome picture from trailer park where he grew up

People tend to focus so much on the astronomical mounts of money professional athletes make in some instances that they forget where some of them came from. By making it to the biggest stage in sports, many players rescued themselves and their families from lives of hardship. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen tweeted the photo you see above on Monday with a powerful message accompanying it.

“Come a long way since livin here,” McCutchen wrote. “Thank you God for all you’ve done (in) my life. #Amen”

Randy Moss tweeted a similar photo a couple of weeks ago when he returned to his hometown in West Virginia. McCutchen is one of the game’s brightest young stars, but the photo reminds us that his career is about more than just being on ESPN or hitting a walk-off home run.

H/T Big League Stew

MLB All-Star Game Snubs: National League

The fans really nailed the NL starters for the All-Star Game. I only had one complaint with the fan vote, so they must be commended for getting it right. All my other complaints are really nit-picking because the NL All-Star team was well selected. Manager Bruce Bochy was too much of a homer and included a few too many Giants pitchers, so that’s the only other issue I really have. Here are the NL All-Star team snubs (written as the player who should have made it over the one who did):

Aramis Ramirez over Placido Polanco, Chipper Jones at 3B

Fans got all the starters right except for Placido Polanco at third base. There was no real standout at the position this year but Ramirez is having the best year of all NL third basemen. He should have been the starter over Polanco and the backup over Chipper Jones. It should have gone Aramis and then either Chipper or Chase Headley as the backup.

Andrew McCutchen over Jay Bruce in OF

McCutchen misses out on his second straight All-Star game in favor of a Pirates reliever. He deserved to go last year over Evan Meek and deserves to go this year. Bruce had a major power surge in May that captured everyone’s attention but h’s cooled off since then. McCutchen, with his 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases, has been the better overall player.

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Andrew McCutchen Gives Pirates Fans Hope for the Future

The Pittsburgh Pirates are rarely talked about. It’s been years since they’ve had anything to be excited about because they keep trading away all their decent or better players.  But now they have center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a young outfielder who last year said he was “just a step away from reaching his dreams.” Now at the Major League level for the second straight year, McCutchen is a symbol of hope for a deprived fan base.

The Pirates haven’t had a winning season since 1992 so the people of the Pirates organization can’t help but smile watching him play. Pirates outfielder Ryan Church commented on McCutchen’s wheels saying, “He’s so damn quick, it’s amazing. It looks like he’s just floating through the air.” It’s no surprise to read that when McCutchen was called up from Triple-A last year people said he was playing “like a 10-year veteran.” McCutchen has been turning heads in the big leagues ever since.

Despite my praise of McCutchen, I’m not crazy enough to think the Pirates winning season drought of 17 years will finally come to an end. Still, Pirates fans should be smiling when they get to see their speedy leadoff man and center fielder for he is their future. If their farm system can keep producing young talent like it has with McCutchen, we may soon see a different team competing for a top spot in the NL Central.

Biding his time [Midwest Baseball Magazine]
A reason to believe in Pittsburgh [ESPN]