Andrew McCutchen’s mom sang the National Anthem

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Yesterday was a big day for Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, as Barry Bonds presented him with the NL MVP trophy and his mom sang the National Anthem at PNC Park:

Pertina McCutchen has sung the National Anthem at other Pirates games and that seems like a pretty cool tradition.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.