The Pittsburgh Pirates have two finalists for the BBWAA awards this year. Clint Hurdle was named a finalist for the Manager of the Year, while Andrew McCutchen was named an MVP finalist.
Hurdle will go up against Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Matt Williams of the Nationals. McCutchen is in a group with Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. Hurdle and McCutchen are both looking for back-to-back awards.
The manager award will be named next Tuesday, while the MVP announcement will take place next Thursday.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.