Andrew McCutchen has spent 8 seasons roaming center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It ends this season. What makes this even more shocking is Cutch wasn’t asked to move to right field.
“It wasn’t an ask,” McCutchen said Friday morning, on the first day of spring training. “It was more of a ‘say.’ It was ‘I have to move there.'”
Cutch admitted that this was tough for him to handle for many reasons.
“That was one of the first times that that was something I wanted to go against,” McCutchen said, trying to put an eventful offseason behind him. “It wasn’t something I was ready for or I wanted to do. But as I keep saying that, I’m talking about myself. So I just had to not be as selfish and just accept that that’s what I had to do and move over to right.”
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) February 17, 2017
Also, just because he is making the move doesn’t mean that he doesn’t think he is still capable of playing center field.
“Once I got over the fact that I had to move,” McCutchen said, “the more I started to look at it and get some positivity out of it. And that’s one way to look at it. I’m playing at a position and a spot of a guy that you idolize: Clemente. He set the standard for someone that I would love to be like, even half that guy. So it’s an honor to be out there playing that position.”
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) February 6, 2017
One thing Cutch has emphasized time and time again. He is a Pirate and he still happy to be here. If you don’t believe that, listen to him say it in the interview.