BA tabs McCutchen as majors’ top rookie


Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen today was named major league rookie of the year by Baseball America.

McCutchen hit .286 with 26 doubles, 12 homers, 54 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 108 games. He led National League rookies with 47 extra-base hits and ranked second in multi-hit games, runs, walks and total bases.

A first-round draft pick in 2005, McCutchen is expected to be among the top finishers in MLB’s Rookie of the Year voting, which will be announced after the World Series.

Garrett Jones was named to Baseball America’s all-rookie team as a first baseman. In 82 games, Jones batted .293 with 21 homers and 44 RBI. He led all rookies in home runs and slugging percentage (.567).

— Jason Bay spoke with Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald after the Red Sox were swept out of the playoffs. Bay will be a free agent this offseason and would like to return to the Sox. His comments indicate why he — and most other free agents — might have practically zero incentive to sign with the Pirates.

“I guess you could say that my time in Boston has revived my love for baseball,” Bay said. “I had a great time in Pittsburgh and I enjoyed my time there. But I was here for a year and a half and I got a chance to go to the playoffs two years in a row.

“It’s not that I hated baseball before I came here. But sometimes it became work. Sometimes you’re not doing well, you come to the park and it becomes a job. But coming in here, surrounded by good hitters in the lineup and great guys in the clubhouse, it really made baseball fun again.”