Congratulations go out to Pirates Mark Melancon and Starling Marte for being named to the National League All-Star team this week.
This will be Marte's first time as an All-Star and Melancon's third straight year on the team. A well deserved honor for both of them.
And a word about Andrew McCutchen.
The bad start, which has turned into a season long slump, for McCutchen has been well documented, and he has, deservedly, been left off of the All-Star team for the first time since 2010. McCutchen had made the All-Star team five seasons in a row. You know what other Pirates ever made the All-Star team five seasons in a row?
Ralph Kiner and Roberto Clemente. And Andrew McCutchen. That's it. That's the list.
So let's salute Cutch for a great body of work over the last five years and wish him a well deserved rest over the Break. And with five hits, a home run and couple of RBI's in the last two games against the Cubs, maybe, just maybe, he's turning it around and will have a huge Cutch-like second half.
See you at the All-Star Game in 2017, Andrew.