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Pirates notebook: Cole, McCutchen, Marte finalists for Gold Gloves

| Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, 2:51 p.m.
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is greeted by Andrew McCutchen at home plate after hitting a three-run homer during the fifth inning against the Brewers on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at PNC Park.
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Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is greeted by Andrew McCutchen at home plate after hitting a three-run homer during the fifth inning against the Brewers on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at PNC Park.
The Reds' Brandon Phillips slides safely into third base as Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole applies a late tag during the fourth inning Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
The Reds' Brandon Phillips slides safely into third base as Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole applies a late tag during the fourth inning Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at PNC Park.

The Pirates have three finalists for Gold Glove awards.

Pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielders Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen were announced as finalists Thursday. Winners will be revealed Nov. 10.

Marte is a finalist for the third straight year. According to Fangraphs, he led National League left fielders with 24 defensive runs saved and had a sparkling 7.9 ultimate zone rating. Marte also topped all NL outfielders with 16 assists.

Marte is up against left fielders Justin Upton of the San Diego Padres and Christian Yelich of the Miami Marlins.

McCutchen's competitors are center fielders Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds and A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks. McCutchen won a Gold Glove in 2012.

Cole, a first-time finalist, is up against Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Huntington a runner-up

On the same day he walked away from the Toronto Blue Jays, general manager Alex Anthopoulos won The Sporting News Executive of the Year award.

Pirates GM Neal Huntington finished second.

The Blue Jays announced Thursday morning that Anthopoulos will not return for the 2016 season. He reportedly rejected a five-year extension offer.

Don't touch that dial

This season was a bonanza for Root Sports, which pulled in the highest ratings in the network's history. Root had more than 250,000 viewers for each game.

According to Nielson Media Research, Pirates broadcasts drew an 8.4 average household rating — the third-best mark among U.S.-based MLB teams this season. The rating was 75 percent higher than the 10-year average for Pirates broadcasts.

Root is under contract to carry the Pirates through the 2019 season. The annual value of the contract never has been publicly disclosed, although industry sources previously told the Tribune-Review it was worth about $20 million a year.

Team president Frank Coonelly has disputed that figure, saying it is too low. In January 2014, Coonelly said the Pirates' contract is valued among the upper half of all MLB teams.

In 2010, financial data leaked to The Associated Press showed the Pirates got $16.4 million from Root in 2007 and $18.7 million in 2008.

Around the horn

McCutchen placed ninth in balloting for The Sporting News Player of the Year, which was voted on by 373 big league players. Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson won the award with 151 votes. McCutchen got two votes, which tied him with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Dallas Kuechel of the Houston Astros. ... PirateFest 2015 will be Dec. 12-13 at David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Admission is free. The team will announce more details soon.

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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