The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to emerge as a franchise on the rise in 2014, and three of their leaders were recognized this week for their strong seasons. Andrew McCutchen, Clint Hurdle, and Neil Walker each were named as finalists and/or winners of season long awards that recognize the very best in baseball.
McCutchen is a finalist for the National League MVP award. The reigning MVP has some stiff competition this year, as he is joined by Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. While most are expecting Kershaw to win the award, it is clear that McCutchen is one of the very best players in the National League, and promises to be for years to come.
Hurdle joins Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and Matt Williams of the Washington Nationals as a finalist for the N.L. Manager of the Year. Hurdle won the award last year, and is every bit as deserving as his two “opponents”.
The manager of the year announcement will be made on Tuesday, November 11, while the MVP will be announced on Thursday, November 13.
McCutchen and Walker are taking home Silver Slugger awards, as was announced last night on MLB Network. This is McCutchen’s third consecutive award, hitting .314 with 25 homeruns, 38 doubles, and six triples. As for Walker, this is his first Silver Slugger award, and it is well deserved. The Bucs’ second baseman hit .271 with 23 homeruns and 25 doubles in 2014.
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