Andrew McCutchen named Pirates’ best player of the decade

Andrew McCutchen named Pirates’ best player of the decade
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates waits on deck in the eighth inning during the game against the Houston Astros at PNC Park on August 24, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Ahead of the 2020 baseball campaign, national reports put a bow on the decade that was by listing each team’s best player of the 2010s.

And unsurprisingly, the decision was a unanimous one for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Andrew McCutchen, who roamed center field at PNC Park from 2009-2017, was the catalyst for ending the team’s record-breaking losing streak in 2013.

He won MVP that season and led the Pirates to an NLDS appearance. The Pirates returned to the playoffs three straight years during his peak, and he was traded to San Francisco after the 2017 season.

“He was the best of what they once were (2013 MVP!), and a reminder of what they hope to be again.”

See the full list for all 32 teams here.