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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Andrew Mccutchen
Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.
Don't ask Paul Goldschmidt about his breakout season of a year ago. That's ancient history. Besides, anyone who tries to get the Arizona first baseman to talk about himself is wasting his breath. Goldschmidt is as humble and low-key as a big-time player can get, But at the plate, his bat makes a lot of noise.
After a stunning run to the playoffs in 2013, Pittsburgh hopes to make it back to October behind a talented, young corps of rising stars.
Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players' union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.
All those who marvel at Miguel Cabrera can only wonder what he might've done this year if completely healthy.
M-V-P: Most Versatile Pirate.
Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera both coasted Thursday to Most Valuable Player awards.
McCutchen won the National League honor by a surprisingly wide margin Thursday. Cabrera took the AL prize for the second straight year by a comfortable gap over Mike Trout.
MTV Networks and Major League Baseball said Monday they are collaborating on a weekly 30-episode series that melds pop culture and baseball. Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen are both executive producers of the series, set to begin next spring around the start of the new season.
Miguel Cabrera has a chance to repeat as AL MVP after being named one of three finalists for the award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Wacha and the St. Louis bullpen made Matt Holliday's two-run homer stand up. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring Andrew McCutchen on a popup for his first postseason save.
Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series.
Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates are riding high from their first postseason victory in 21 years.
The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff games. The wait will be significantly shorter this time around. Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.
They've got the best modern ballpark in the country, a gem on Pittsburgh's North Shore with spectacular views of the city and a bridge you can walk over to see a game. It may be the only place in baseball where french fries come inside a sandwich rather than next to it.
"I had way more distractions this year," McCutchen said. "It was a quick offseason, but it was fun. I knew the quicker my offseason, the quicker the season starts and the quicker I'll get married. That's fine with me, so I embraced it."
"It will be a little different, being the older guy of the bunch," McCutchen said. "I'm still young. They're just younger."