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.
Cabrera, McCutchen win MVP awards
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen took the NL MVP by a surprisingly wide margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh.
McCutchen drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes to finish far ahead of Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.
Cardinals end Pirates’ season in Game 5 to win NLDS
Adam Wainwright went all the way and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night, advancing to the NL championship series.
Wacha, Cardinals edge Pirates 2-1 to knot NLDS
Michael Wacha heard the chants. Then again, when 40,000 people clad in black scream your name relentlessly for the better part of three hours, it’s kind of hard to miss.
Pirates take 2-1 lead in NLDS
Pinch-runner Josh Harrison stood on second base in the bottom of the eighth inning and pointed to Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Nick Leyva.
“I told him to get that arm ready, because I’m coming,” Harrison said.
Cole, Pirates reverse roles, top Cardinals, tie series
Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The hard-throwing rookie gave up two hits in six dominant innings and also had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at one game apiece.
Burnett shelled; Pirates lose Game 1
Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.
Pirates prep for Cardinals in NLDS
The Pittsburgh Pirates are riding high after their first postseason victory in 21 years. They’re confident they can beat anybody, anywhere.
A few hours after defeating Cincinnati in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night, the Pirates touched down in St. Louis.
Pirates beat Reds 6-2 in NL wild-card game
Francisco Liriano showed up at PNC Park on Tuesday afternoon in a suit with his suitcase packed for a trip St. Louis.
The message reverberated through the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse. After 21 years away from the playoffs, it was time for the best story in baseball to become something more than a novelty act.
Cardinals going with Lynn in Game 2
Lance Lynn’s strong finish has earned him the start in Game 2 of the National League division series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94) pitches the opener Thursday against Pittsburgh and could also go in Game 5, if necessary.
Pirates beat Reds 4-2, wait for Wild Card rematch
A three-game sweep left the Pirates with 94 wins and home-field advantage for the wild-card playoff. Now, it’s back home to PNC Park to get the postseason started.
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