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Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 4:01 pm
Clint Hurdle

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasn't happy about Andrew McCutchen's All-Star snub and made sure everyone knew about before Monday's game against the Astros.

John Grupp of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review passes along Hurdle's tirade:

"I know the challenges that come from [picking an All-Star team]," said Hurdle, who managed the NL All-Star team in 2008. "I sat in that chair. Well, I'm going to take this opportunity and be one of those managers and be disappointed in the entire process. The MLB whiffed. That he's not one of the guys getting in this little vote thing, getting into play in that. They whiffed on that. That's an absolute whiff."

"Look at the numbers he has," Hurdle said. "You can look at metrics. You can look at straight batting average, OPS, stolen bases. Whatever you want to look at, he's an All-Star.

"The players, they whiffed. Everybody whiffed on this one for me, in Andrew's case. Being his manager, I'm going to take my 42 seconds of soap box and remind everybody what a whiff-job they did with him not being on the All-Star team."

McCutchen entered Monday with a slash line of .294/.393/.498 with 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases. He's absolutely one of the best players in the National League, and not just outfielders.

The fans voted for the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Brewers' Ryan Braun and Cardinals' Lance Berkman, while the players added St. Louis' Matt Holliday, Cincinnati's Jay Bruce and Houston's Hunter Pence. National League manager Bruce Bochy added Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks. Upton was the Diamondbacks' lone representative. 

The five players on the Final Vote ballot are the Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy, Nationals first baseman Mike Morse and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino.

McCutchen is second in WAR (3.7) among NL outfielders according to and sixth among NL outfielders in OPS (.892) and fifth in OPS+ (150).

In the end, Hurdle knows exactly the reason McCutchen was overlooked and pointed that out as well -- "The name on the front of the jersey has some challenges with it," Hurdle said. "We're out to knock them down. That has been our goal since the start of the season. This is another one we've faced and we'll knock this one down as well."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:15 am

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

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Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:01 pm

Fan vote is always retarded since inception...

It really is ridiculous.  Essentially, whichever team campaigns hard enough to a national audience, wins the votes.  Its like when the Red Sox campaign for a DH to be the league MVP.  It completely changes the All Star stature and becomes a marketing competition.  People wonder why so many Yankees and Red Sox are on the roster every year for the last 8 years.  Part of it is because they have good players...and part of it is because they have MONSTER marketing programs.  Even though I like Derek Jeter as a player, there is NO WAY Asdrubal Cabrera was out performed by him in any form this year.  I also don't think an admitted PED user should be picking the Home Run Derby roster either.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:47 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

Once MLB made the game decide home field advantage in the World Series the fans vote should have been pulled back to only voting in the final roster spot. 

McCutchen and Tommy Hanson of the Braves both got the shaft where the sun don't shine.  

Fan voting has become ridiculous.  Hopefully both guys get on the team when it is all said and done. 

Also just my 2 cents but players that get voted in on fan votes that don't deserve to be there should take the high road and bow out so that a deserving player who based on merit and not popularity should be there.  

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:56 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

McCutcheon should have been ahead of both Bruce and Pence. Humans are ALL biased in their voting. Let the machines do it. Computer rankings based on sabremetric formulas and performance, that have ZERO bias, would produce the season's true All-Stars. But that wuould make too much sense. The fans would still whine and moan about dumb computers whenever their favorite players didn't get in. Fans can never see past their own bias. Sort of reminds you of NCAA football.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:08 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

@ Blacktara:    McCutchen is a class act.  He hasn't spouted off about the All Star selection process.  His manager stepped up and pointed out what a mistake it was leaving him off the roster.  That's it.  I will be the first to admit many athletes carry the entitlement persona, but McCutchen isn't one of them.  He shows up and plays hard every day.   You must be a fan of an American League team as you clearly don't want to see an exciting player from the NL in the game.   The Pirates were also snubbed by leaving Correia off the roster. He's tied for the league lead in wins at 11.  I hope the Buccos take the slap in the face as motivation for the 2nd half.  This team is stacked with solid, young talent right now.  The pitching has been on point most of the year and the bats are starting to wake up.  They have more speed than they've had in years.  Fans are starting to show up at the games.   There is a buzz in the burgh and it's not about the Pens or Steelers right now.  Meaningful baseball in Pittsburgh after July 4th.... Absolutely Awesome!!!    Let's Go Bucs!!!

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 6:08 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

Blacktara-please shut up and don't type any more on this site! You are a dork!

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:25 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

I'm going to agree with everyone buy blacktara. The guy belongs somewhere on that roster or like others have said, atleast in the vote in. The guy had a slump in the beginning of the season too so by years end his avg and other numbers will probably be even better. I have no clue where blacktara gets this entitlement argument from. There's no classier player on the Pirates. Speaking of "whiffing", you whiffed on your argument blacktara.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:20 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

The All-Star Game is out of control.  

The game called was a Travesty.

Unnecessary roster expansion.

Constant whining about selection process.

The real problem is wishy-washy (lack of) leadership.

Story-related ... Andrew McCutcheon affects the outcome of the games with his play, and seems deserving of an All-Star spot this year ... and it the interesting thing is that he seems to have fallen victim to the same thing many others have at the expense of having to select a Pittsburgh Pirate when many years they have been not-so-deserving ... that is that the Houston Astros selection is an OF (Hunter Pence) ... probably taking McCutcheon's spot. 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:13 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

Blacktara, McCutchen is not expecting to be named to the All-Star roster. He is simply doing his job as you are "ordering" him to do, but those around him realize how great of a player he really is. Carlos Beltran has no place on the All-Star Roster this year. And call me out on in Black, I dare you. Andrew McCutchen DESERVES to be named to the All-Star team this season and is going to be a star in this league for years to come 

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