Pirates Broadcaster Greg Brown joins us to talk about the Pirates and the four Bucs heading to the All-Star Game.
Major League Baseball announced that Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Mark Melancon have been named to the National League All-Star team for this year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati. This is the fifth straight year the Pirates will send multiple representatives to the Midsummer Classic and the first since a 12-year run of multiple representatives from 1958 to 1969.
This is the fifth consecutive time McCutchen has been named to the All-Star team. He is the first Pirates position player to be named to five straight Midsummer Classics since Roberto Clemente was selected to eight consecutive All-Star Games from 1960-1967. The only other players in team history to be named to at least five All-Star teams were Hall-of-Famers Roberto Clemente (12 times), Arky Vaughan (eight times), Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski (seven times each) and Ralph Kiner (five times).
Since McCutchen’s first All-Star season in 2011, he ranks first among all National League players in doubles (161), second in hits (784) and extra base hits (295), third in on-base percentage (.394) and RBI (403), fourth in batting average (.304), fifth in slugging percentage (.512) and home runs (110) and sixth in OPS (.906) The 28-year-old McCutchen was selected to this year’s contest by the players.