Rarely has Pirates manager Clint Hurdle spoken with another manager or baseball official this offseason without Andrew McCutchen's name entering the conversation.
"Tell me about Andrew," they say to Hurdle. "They don't get to see him every day. You know a guy's special when other people will ask you," Hurdle said.
That tends to happen after the type of season McCutchen, the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year, compiled in 2012.
The award will serve as the latest of a series of accolades accumulated during a busy offseason. McCutchen won his first Gold Glove in late October, an award that made him proud.
"It was good just to be able to have that, because being drafted, they said that my downfall was my defense," McCutchen said.
His first Silver Slugger followed in November, and he finished third in the voting for National League most valuable player. Fans voted McCutchen onto the cover of the video game MLB '13 The Show, swarming Facebook and Twitter to lift McCutchen ahead of triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera and NL MVP Buster Posey.
Sportsman of the Year: McCutchen's trophy season (so far)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jan 27