Major League Baseball isn’t stupid.
For years, it selected Home Run Derby contestants. And for years, angry fans went berserk the instant the lineup was announced and their favorite sluggers were snubbed.
It was really a no-win situation for MLB. Imagine you are asked to make a decision that will be scrutinized and second-guessed by every city across America and the throngs of opinionated sportscasters who occupy them.
What would you do? Push the task off on someone else? Exactly.
That’s precisely what Major League Baseball did by cleverly delegating the duty to captains — David Wright for the National League and Robinson Cano for the American League. Why screw up decisions yourself when you can have appointed leaders do it for you? (Democracy, ladies and gentlemen!)
They didn’t disappoint.
Wright drew furies of criticism, especially from Pirates fans, after choosing Bryce Harper, the young Nationals phenom who has missed 30 games with a knee injury. There was even greater backlash when Wright admitted he picked Michael Cuddyer (just 16 home runs) in lieu of Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez primarily because Cuddyer’s an old buddy.
Major League Baseball isn’t stupid.
Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Bucs, 5-2
Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night.
Simon (3-1) worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four.
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Davis’ slam leads Pirates over Reds, 6-5
Ike Davis became the first player to hit grand slams for different teams in the same April, and Neil Walker had a winning run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates twice overcame deficits to beat the Reds 6-5 Monday night.
Pirates fall to Brewers for sixth time in young season
Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
Braun homers twice, rallies Brewers over Pirates, 8-7
Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.
Brewers’ Lohse beats Pirates again
Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.
Bucs trade for Mets’ Ike Davis
The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate.
Pittsburgh sent minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named to New York for the 27-year-old Davis.
McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers
Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
Pirates shut out by Reds’ Cueto, 4-0
Johnny Cueto was on his game, and the only thing that the Pirates could do was watch.
Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
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