Former Brewer Andrew McCutchen will be back for a 15th season in baseball… just not a second year in Milwaukee. The 36-year-old McCutchen signed a one-year deal to return to where his MLB career began in 2009, Pittsburgh.
A five-time All-Star and the N.L. MVP in 2013, McCutchen looks like he has some unfinished business with regards to a couple of career stats, numbers he’s hopes will push his name closer to consideration for some post-career honors.
Back on September 23, 2022, McCutchen collected his 1,000th career RBI making him one of 300 players to reach the 1,000-RBI milestone in MLB history.
He has had a solid career, and with the Brewers last season, played for his fifth team. He made a name for himself with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing his first nine seasons with the Bucs where he was awarded both a Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove.
Milestone stats in Andrew McCutchen’s 2023 season?
Reaching 1,000 RBI is not the only milestone McCutchen has on his resume. He has 1,000 runs (1,118 to be exact), and 200 stolen bases (205 to be exact). Two other milestones are within his reach: He has 1,947 hits and 287 home runs. He could reach those milestones in his 15th season.
Here’s the question that needs to be asked with regards to McCutchen: Is he worthy of Hall of Fame consideration?
McCutchen was a decent contributor for the Brew Crew last season; sure, his numbers were not like they were when he was winning accolades in Pittsburgh. His .238 average was several points below his career average of .277, and his .388 slugging percentage and .310 on-base percentage are the worst of his career. But his 17 HR, 69 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 121 hits were not terrible. It will be interesting to see if he can rediscover some of the old ‘Cutch in Pittsburgh from back in the early days of his career.
Players with 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 RBI, 300 HR, and 200 steals
Returning for a 15th campaign, reaching 300 HR and 2,000 hits will be likely for Andrew McCutchen. If he does reach 2,000 hits and 300 HRs, that would mean that he reached 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 RBI, 300 HRs and 200 stolen bases. Right now, there are 18 players who reached the 1,000 runs/2,000 hits/1,000 RBI/300 HRs/200 stolen base stat line in MLB history. They are:
Hank Aaron, Jeff Bagwell, Don Baylor, Carlos Beltran, Barry Bonds. George Brett, Joe Carter, Andre Dawson, Steve Finley, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker, and Dave Winfield.
Nine of the above… Aaron, Bagwell, Brett, Dawson, Jackson, Mays, Robinson, Walker and Winfield… are already in the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame consideration for Andrew McCutchen… what’s your take? Was he just another good player who had a stopover in Milwaukee during his career, or will he be a Hall of Famer who once wore a Brewers uniform?
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