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Pirates bench Andrew McCutchen for not hustling last night

May 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT


Clint Hurdle has benched Andrew McCutchen for tonight’s game after the Pirates center fielder failed to run to first base yesterday when the catcher dropped a third strike, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Hurdle taking that stance isn’t surprising–Dunlap notes that he did the same thing to Ronny Cedeno last month–but it’s definitely coming at an interesting time given reports that the Pirates and McCutchen have been making progress on a long-term contract extension that would likely be worth more than $50 million.

As for the actual play in question, having watched the replay it definitely didn’t look like McCutchen would have been safe had he run it out, but that’s the type of situation where nothing is lost by displaying a little hustle and forcing the catcher to simply make a throw to first base can occasionally lead to an error.

  1. benyamen - May 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    As a McCutchen fantasy owner I say thank goodness he didn’t hustle and only has to sit one game as a result. Hustling only brings injuries on plays which would otherwise have been meaningless. If he had hustled on a stupid play like all-hustle-team guys like Hamilton, Zimmerman, etc he would certainly have wound up on the DL. McCutchen’s willingness to drag his butt on meaningless plays is the sole reason I drafted him as highly as I did.

    • trevorb06 - May 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      That’s a sad position you take. They’re making the right move in giving him the pine job for a game. Craig said it, had McCutchen hustled to first that’s a potential throwing error made by the catcher (who probably already would have been flustered dropping the ball). I see you can only name 2 people to your all-hustle/injury team. Name some more bub? Pujols hustles, he’s healthy. Adrian Gonzalez does and stays healthy. Halladay does the pitching version of hustling.

      Glad you celebrate laziness. Here’s to hoping your children find a good role model. :-)

      • benyamen - May 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

        Yes of course you’re right because cosmic justice always evens things out in the end and those who work hard and hustle always succeed and those who are lazy always wind up poor and down and out.
        Ask the guys in the unemployment line how hard they work and you’ll find most of them work dang hard just to survive, then look at Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian and tell me how their laziness is working out for them. The uncomfortable truth is that success is largely based on natural talents and advantages not hard work and effort.
        Let scrappy hustle guys run out a dead play to first and pull a hammy. Let your franchise player save himself for a play that actually matters.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM

        one word: Amurikah.

      • trevorb06 - May 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        benyamen to his children-
        “Hey kids, it’s okay to be lazy and not try! Suzie, that math test you have Monday… you’re never going to understand it so don’t even bother to study this weekend. Timmy, why don’t you not go to track practice because there’s no way you’re beating Billy Bob. Sandy, med school is really hard and a lot of people don’t make it, why don’t you just become a secretary instead? Save all that energy for another day.”

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