Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen boasts a .289 batting average, has 12 home runs and has driven in 43 runs on the season. With such strong numbers it seemed a lock that the 24-year-old would be named to his first career All-Star Game. Right?
Wrong. McCutchen was not named to the National League's All-Star team despite leading Pittsburgh to a record over .500, which hasn't happened for a full season since 1992, the longest string of consecutive losing seasons in North American sports.
McCutchen wasn't even one of the five NL players listed on to the Final Vote ballot.
One might think McCutchen was overlooked because he plays in Pittsburgh – which is undoubtedly a factor — but Pirates teammate Joel Hanrahan got the team's All-Star nod as a reserve pitcher.
While other deserving names — such as Andre Ethier, Todd Helton and Paul Konerko — were left off the list, these players at least were included on the Final Vote, which fans can use to put one more player on each team.
ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law said it best on his Twitter page when he learned the Pirates star didn't make the cut:
"Did they pick the team with darts?"