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Andrew McCutchen gets Home Run Derby call

Jul 7, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

Andrew McCutchen AP

Andrew McCutchen is going up against the big boys.

The Pirates center fielder, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was named as Giancarlo Stanton‘s replacement in Monday’s Home Run Derby.

McCutchen is tied for sixth in the National League with 16 homers this season, putting him on pace to smash his previous high of 23 homers from last season. All 16 homers have come since May 8, as he went homerless in his first 25 games of the season.

McCutchen will join Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran on the NL team. Representing the AL will be Robinson Cano, Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    I don’t like this. Yes, he’s hit some HRs this year, but that doesn’t make him a homerun hitter per se. I want to see guys that will club 500 ft. shots in this. I don’t want to see guys humiliate themselves Brandon Inge style.

    • dan1111 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      The guy has a .602 slugging percentage, second in the league. He leads the league in total bases. He has hit more home runs than anyone since May 8th. His longest homer is 446 feet, farther than leaders Ryan Braun and Carlos Beltran.

      McCutchen may not look the part, but he has played like a true home run hitter this season. I think he deserves a shot.

      • dan1111 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:25 AM

        I made a mistake looking at the home run lengths. In fact, McCutchen’s longest is about the same as Braun’s and a little shorter than Beltran’s. Still, 446 feet is a long home run.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:56 AM

        My whole point is that this thing has nothing to do with stats. I want to see guys that will hit home runs, hit a lot of them, and hit some distances most of us wouldn’t dare to speak of during the season

        If McCutchen hits 20 or so, one goes 520 ft., and he wins the damn thing then maybe I’ll just keep my mouth shut until the WS trophy gets handed out.

      • dan1111 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:45 AM

        Ok, I see your point. But you can still use stats. How about this as a qualifying formula:

        height + errors made + grams of saturated fat eaten per week + time taken running to first

  2. boh930 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Ahhh, c’mon… let Bryce Harper do it. That’s what everybody wants to see. If it was a defense or stolen base derby I’d take McCutchen every time, but come on…

  3. randygnyc - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Sorry, but this is laughable. Great player but does not belong in this competition. Let him carry the bats or bring in the Gatorade between batters, but this, this is a disgrace.

    • dan1111 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      He has been one of the best power hitters in the game this year. Also, as the article mentions, he has hit a lot of home runs. What other qualifications does he need? Being overweight and terrible at defense?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:57 AM

        Absolutely. I want to see Adam Dunn compete.

      • pellypell - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Adam Dunn would be the first player to strike out of a Home Run Derby.

  4. florida76 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    It’ll be great seeing the 2012 NL MVP represent the NL Central leaders in KC.

  5. vols84 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Billy Butler (hometown guy) should be in the derby. Prepared to be booed, Cano.

  6. vols84 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    The fences are pretty deep at Kauffman Stadium. The winner might only hit 5 HRs.

  7. 49ersgiants4life - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Dude can stroke the ball he’s got a pretty swing people are hating for no reason

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:58 AM

      Nobody is “hating.” We just want to see guys with huge upper-cut swings and bodies not fit for any other pro sport do their thing.

  8. sawxalicious - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    I think McCutchen just might surprise us….

  9. agc99 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    He’s earned it. People are used to the pirates and their players sucking. That’s what 19 years of losing do for your reputation.

  10. heyzeus143 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    man has got to have a code

    • pellypell - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      When you pitch at MCCutchen, you bess not miss.

  11. ditka96 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    How about putting Ryan Braun who leads the league in home runs into the derby?

    • ezthinking - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Turned down the original offer to be in.

  12. ironcity6pak - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Everyone is mad that the bucs are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Andrew is a far better hitter then people think and will hang with the big guys. This is a PR move to get the fans into believing in the Zolton season of the bucs. Let us pirate fans have something we haven’t had in 20 years.

    • pellypell - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      “Let us pirate fans have something we haven’t had in 20 years.”

      Sex?

  13. ironcity6pak - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    pellypell yeah that’s it. Coming from the guy that made 4 Comments in a row that wasn’t one intelligent thought. I just got done impregnating my wife, What are u doing? Watching wrestling in your parents basement. Don’t forget to pick up your moms feminine products when go out to get your acne cream.

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