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Jeff Locke Wins the Final Rotation Spot Over Vance Worley

Clint Hurdle announced today that Jeff Locke has won the battle for the final starter role over Vance Worley. Locke will begin the year fourth in the rotation, while Worley will move to the bullpen at the start of the year. The move comes as a surprise, since Worley has looked like the obvious choice to win the job all Spring. He also looked like the favorite due to his numbers...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Liriano to start Opening Day

It’s not exactly a surprise, but Clint Hurdle announced on Tuesday that Francisco Liriano will be the Pirates’ Opening Day starter. While I am sure some folks would have liked it to be Cole, Frankie is really the obvious choice to me (not that it matters all that much) – he has been the team’s best starting pitcher by a wide margin during the time that he’s been here and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle: “It’s the Strongest Club That We’ve Had Into Spring Training”

Clint Hurdle offered some strong praise for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates when talking about the depth and the number of options that this team has. “We definitely, I believe right now on paper, it’s the strongest club that we’ve had [going] into Spring Training,” Hurdle said during his press conference with the media today. “Every year you get results, and you look at where...
Via Pirates Prospects
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

How Comfortable Are the Pirates With Corey Hart’s Knees?

Today saw the arrival of a few more players, including Corey Hart, who spent time working at first base and shagging fly balls in the outfield. Here is Hart at first base with Kevin Young. Corey Hart catching one hop throws with Kevin Young watching. Here is Hart in the outfield, talking to outfield coach Rick Sofield. Corey Hart and Rick Sofield   Clint Hurdle held his daily...
Via Pirates Prospects
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle finishes second in Manager of the Year voting (and other Tuesday news)

I suppose that the biggest Pirate-related news on this Tuesday evening is that Clint Hurdle finished second in National League Manager of the Year voting to Matt Williams, and thusly will not be taking home his second consecutive Manger of the Year Award. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again tonight: I think this is a stupid award, because its definition is basically...
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been named a finalist for the NL Manager of the Year award. Hurdle won the award last year. After he was named as a finalist, I wrote about how he deserved the award, due to the way he embraced advanced metrics such as defensive shifts, and how he controlled the clubhouse and never let the Pirates get into...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurdle Wins Second Consecutive Connie Mack Award

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance announced today that Clint Hurdle and Buck Showalter have won the alliance's Connie Mack Awards for their respective leagues. The final results for the entire BBA membership matches the ballot presented by the General Chapter three days ago. As the heading indicates, the award is Hurdle's second consecutive nod.The full press release with...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle undergoes hip-replacement surgery

  Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle underwent successful surgery on Monday to replace his ailing right hip. The 57-year-old Hurdle spent most of the 2014 season dealing with arthritis in the hip, which made walking painful. He put off surgery until the completion of the season rather than disrupt the team in the middle of the year. Pittsburgh went 88-74 and earned a second...
Via AP on Fox
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle Finally Makes the Right Moves, Statistically Speaking

I’ve adamantly been against Clint Hurdle’s praise as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He doesn’t put his player’s in the situation to succeed.  He bunts when he shouldn’t.  He makes questionable bullpen decisions.  His lineup construction is questionable most of the time.  His gut decisions that worked against the trend last year have failed miserably in 2014...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Were 3-year Huntington/Hurdle extensions justified?, part 2

Part 2 in a 2-part series; opening image credit Sports Illustrated.  Read Part 1- weighing GM Neal Huntington’s extension- right here.  Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug After steering his 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates through a previously tumultuous August-September stretch to clinch the club’s first playoff appearance in 21 years, the club kicked off the 2014 campaign by extending...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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