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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: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:11 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

@ blacktara - I haven't heard once where anyone "expected" McCutchen to be named.  He's not running around like an entitled brat.  It's simply a statement that one of the best players in the entire NL has been egregiously overlooked in a game that's supposed to be designed for this. 
But you know what?  It wouldn't get as big a deal if the morons in MLB didn't change the "exhibition" game into something that determines World Series home field advantage.  Pretty sure the NL manager would like to have that weapon at his disposal when trying to win this farce.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:07 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

From a Phils fan, gotta say Hurdle nailed this one.  McCutchen absolutely should have been one of the selected Outfielders.  At worst, he's one of the final few guys in the running for the final vote.  But to leave him out all together?  It's worse than the "whiff" term Clint used, but I understand he's keeping the conversation PG.  This has got to be one of the worst ASG omissions ever. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:04 pm

Hurdle upset with McCutchen's snub

It is an honor to be named an all-star. It is not a snub to not be named

No player - I repeat, NO PLAYER, has the right to expect to be an all-star

The same goes for the Hall of Fame.

Shut up and play. When the fans or your peers want to see you there, you'll be named for the game. Til then, accept it and move on

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