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Andrew McCutchen: What MLB 13: The Show Cover Appearance Means for CF's Career

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pitsburgh Pirates takes a break during batting practice prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at McKechnie Field on February 25, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is already a two-time All-Star, and now he's the face of MLB: The Show's latest 2013 edition.

The 26-year-old will grace the American version of Sony PlayStation's hit baseball game, while José Bautista will appear on the cover of the Canadian release.

McCutchen won the contest for cover athlete by receiving the most votes via Twitter and Facebook, according to this BR5 video.

McCutchen is absolutely deserving of the honor, as he's coming off of his best of four seasons as a pro.

"Cutch" hit .327 last season to go with 31 homers and 96 RBI as well as 20 stolen bases and an even .400 OBP.

For his efforts, McCutchen earned a Silver Slugger Award last season as well as a Gold Glove for his excellent patrolling of center field.

According to Fangraphs, McCutchen sported a 7.4 WAR in 2012, which ranked seventh among all MLB hitters—a mark which was one spot above Miguel Cabrera.

It's not just his the talent on the field and fantastic hair that makes him the perfect player to represent the video game—he has the off-field personality to represent the MLB in a positive light.

Just check out this B/R video with Cutch, especially if you're a Family Guy fan:

Not only does McCutchen's appearance on the cover signify the emergence of a young superstar, but it puts a small-market team like the Pirates on the map.

The Pittsburgh outfielder joins a list of stars to find themselves on the cover of MLB: The Show. Let's take a look at the past cover athletes for the game.

Year Cover Athlete
2006 David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox)
2007 David Wright (New York Mets)
2008 Ryan Howard (Philadelphia Phillies)
2009 Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox) 
2010 Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins)
2011 Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins)
2012 Adrian Gonzalez (Boston Red Sox)

Joining MLB stars like David Ortiz, David Wright and Ryan Howard is just the beginning to what looks like a bright career for Cutch.

The former first-round pick had Pittsburgh on the verge of the postseason in each of the last two years while putting up impressive numbers and emerging as the leader of the Pirates.

In my opinion, a solid 2013 campaign—in which he hits better than .300 and drives in 100 RBI—will solidify McCutchen as one of the best hitters in MLB.

For now, he'll just have to settle with All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove and his face on the cover of MLB 13: The Show.

 

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