At noon today, the rosters for the All-Star game were released and fans everywhere tuned in to see who would represent their squad. As one of the surprise teams in the league this season, the Pirates and their fans were hoping to be well represented at the game. Joel Hanrahan, Andrew McCutchen, Kevin Correia and to a lesser extent, Neil Walker and Jeff Karstens, all deserved consideration to the Summer Classic. However, after the rosters were announced, it was only Hanrahan that had made the team.
Hanrahan is a perfect 24 for 24 in save attempts and posts a 1.41 earned run average.
“To get voted in by my peers is great,” Hanrahan said. “I really owe it all to my teammates. They’ve put me in a good position with the defense they’ve been playing and the support they’ve given me all year. Without their help, I don’t think I would be here.”
Hanrahan said he didn’t mind changing his plans for the All-Star break. What was he originally planning on doing? Buying furniture.
“I don’t mind changing my plans around. I was planning on buying some furniture, but I think that can wait. I was told by someone it takes like 3 months to find a good couch, so I figured why not start now,” Hanrahan said to the media.
While it was no question that Hanrahan was going to get the nod, the others weren’t as sure.
Correia won his 11th game of the season, tied with All-Stars Roy Halladay and Jair Jurrjens for most in the National League, after the voting was announced. The most impressive part of Correia’s resume is the fact that 9 of those wins came on the road. If a pitcher who made the All-Star team is scheduled to pitch next Sunday, he is unable to be a part of the team. This will improve Correia’s chan
Then there’s Andrew McCutchen. If you listened to our podcast, Adrian, Ryan, Brenda and I all had McCutchen as a lock for the game. In fact, every person I heard talk about the teams said that McCutchen would make it. However, once the list was released, his name remained absent.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Dejan Kovacevic said on his Twitter account @Dejan_Kovacevic “#PiratesCF Andrew McCutchen, left off team, ranks third in WAR in the majors. By that stat, he’s third-best position player in baseball.”
ESPN baseball expert Jayson Stark also added his two cents @jaysonst saying “Andrew McCutchen 2nd in NL in Wins Above Replacement. Somehow not on this roster. Criminal.”
Out of the outfielders that made the team, only Matt Kemp plays centerfield. We do know that each team elects five players to be the “34th man”. The fans are able to go online and vote for who they feel should make the team. When I realized McCutchen didn’t make the team initially, I figured he had to be on the last vote. That was until they unveiled the candidates.
@jaysonst – “NL 34th Man Ballot: Todd Helton, Andre Ethier, Shane Victorino, Michael Morse, Ian Kennedy. McCutchen doesn’t even make that group. Huh?”
“I mean it is what it is. All of those guys deserve to be on the team and not everyone is going to make it,” McCutchen said after the Pirates 10-2 win against the Nationals. “I’m not worried about that stuff and don’t need to be the guy. We are focused on winning as a team around here,” McCutchen added.
McCutchen is currently leading his team in homeruns (12), stolen bases (15), batting average (.294) and every other statistical category except RBI’s as he trails teammates Neil Walker by nine.
Like McCutchen said, not every player can make the team, but it’s a shame when someone who really deserves too, isn’t voted on. McCutchen went 3-5 today against the Nationals and if this is any indication, regardless of his remarks, it looks as if he is taking it personal and ready for a big second-half.
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Written by Michael Waterloo
I'm currently pursuing my Master's degree in Communication and Journalism from Clarion University. I currently work for Ohio Valley Athletics where I serve as the West Virginia Football Beat Writer and cover West Virginia Men's Basketball as well. I'm a big Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Panthers and Oregon Ducks fan. Follow me on Twitter at @MichaelWaterloo or visit www.ovathletics.com