Bonds, Groat, Leyland among presenters at opener

Bonds, Groat, Leyland among presenters at opener

PHILADELPHIA -- To celebrate their bright present, the Pirates will honor their past before Monday's PNC Park season opener, having former Bucs trophy winners be presenters of their huge haul of offseason Major League Baseball awards.

Andrew McCutchen will receive his 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Award from Barry Bonds, the 1991 winner, and Dick Groat, the honoree in 1960. Dave Parker, who won the award in 1978, has a scheduling conflict and will not be able to attend.

"Pretty cool," said McCutchen. "It will be nice to meet Dick Groat and Barry Bonds. Looking forward to it."

Jack Wilson, a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2004 when he had 201 hits, will present the prized silver bat to 2013 Pirates winners Pedro Alvarez and McCutchen.

Jim Leyland, a two-time National League Manager of the Year, will pass that honor along to Clint Hurdle, the 2013 winner.

"I'm the last guy who thought I would get a Manager of the Year Award," said Hurdle. "To have Jim Leyland present it is very humbling and very special.

"I think the world of Jim professionally and personally. It is quite an honor that I will receive it on behalf of the organization, the players and coaches.

Jay Greenberg is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.