Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/10/14
Early Friday afternoon, Clint Hurdle had one of the hardest conversations of his managerial career with a player: He had to ask 2013 National League All-Star third baseman Pedro Alvarez to buy into trying a new position that could free him from his throwing yips. "I'm well aware of the fact I signed up for 'hard.' I always balance the importance of the one with the importance of the 24," Hurdle said. "That plays, with 50 games left in the season." Alvarez's reception of and reaction to the suggestion was in evidence a half-hour later: He spent batting practice taking grounders and working on his footwork at first base -- the beginning of the process to reclaim his valuable bat without risking a rise in his 22 throwing errors. "We had a long, engaging conversation [Friday] on his return [from three days on the bereavement list], and I encouraged him to listen to our thoughts on how best to return him to form on both sides of the ball," Hurdle said. "He gave it some thought, came back … and said he wants to do whatever he can to help this club win games."
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