Every Friday on First Pitch, the focus is on baseball memories.
Since February is Black History Month, I wanted to use this space to highlight some of the most notable black players in Pittsburgh Pirates history.
And who better to start with than Andrew McCutchen?
McCutchen is by far the most iconic and impactful member of the Pirates in the last few decades, and resulted as one of the best All-Time Pirates in many categories.
The Pirates were one of the worst teams in the game of baseball for decades before McCutchen arrived in the majors. A few years after he arrived, he was putting up MVP-level performances, with four seasons of 6+ WAR performances to fuel the Pirates during their 2013-15 success. He won the 2013 MVP award in the process, along with four silver sluggers and five All-Star appearances.
For more appreciation of what McCutchen did to bring competitive baseball back to Pittsburgh, check out his best Pirates moments. Which was your favorite? Leave it in the comments below.
THIS WEEK ON PIRATES PROSPECTS
Song of the Day
Since we’re focusing on icons today, might as well have an icon for the Song of the Day.
This Week on First Pitch
TUESDAY: This Month on Pirates Prospects
WEDNESDAY: Black History Month
FRIDAY: Andrew McCutchen
SATURDAY: Killer Mike