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Hurdle's pep talk boosted Polanco's confidence to new heights

Gregory Polanco doesn't have to worry about going back down to the minors anymore. Because he once certainly was until manager Clint Hurdle set the then-struggling youngster straight. Hurdle, according to, told Polanco: "'You're not going down. 'You're going to stay here. You're going to play." Those words set Polanco free. At the time in early July, Polanco was hitting just...
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Is there a fresh arm ready to enter rotation when rosters expand?

With a wild-card berth all but sewn up, but the division title still within reach, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is mulling options with his rotation. A.J. Burnett isn't likely to return until mid-September, but Hurdle's staff needs some relief heading into the stretch run and then the postseason. One option is a fresh arm from the farm when major-league rosters expand...
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The most promising thing about Polanco right now

The funny thing is, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte are so good the Pirates would be in the conversation for baseball’s best outfield no matter who the third guy was. But more often than not, the third guy has been Gregory Polanco, and Polanco came with enormous hype. He’s had his good days and bad days, his good moods and bad moods, but these days Polanco’s on a tear....
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates put replay fate in hands of team's video maestro

The Pittsburgh Pirates were on the right side of three overturned calls in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and manager Clint Hurdle put credit where it was due.Meet Kevin Roach, a 14-year Pirates employee who holds the title of video coordinator, who, since the advent of instant replay in Major League Baseball, is to watch every game, every play, and pass judgment...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Bad Starring Clint Hurdle

There is no question the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a bit of a bad hand coming out of the All Star Break. The break could not have come at a worse time for what had been the hottest team in baseball throughout the first two weeks of July. Thanks to a pair of dramatic come from behind walk off wins over the Cardinals in the last two games prior to the All-Star Game the Pirates...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurdle: 'We have a lineup capable of producing runs from top to bottom'

The Pirates offense has not lived up to expectations this season, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle believes the runs are coming. “The nice part is that guys have continued to help in different spots throughout the lineup,” Hurdle told “Everybody's had good runs to help us win games. We have a lineup capable of producing runs from top to bottom, in a lot of different...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates questionable coaching decisions

Manager Clint Hurdle and his coaching staff have done an exceptional job turning this franchise around over the past few seasons, but some of his decisions regarding the pitching staff can be baffling at times. One of those choices cost the Pirates their 7th consecutive win Friday night in San Diego. Every team monitors their starting pitchers pitch count, but it appears the Pirates...
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Blaming Hurdle for Opening Series Bullpen Failure is Misguided

The Pirates had a very rocky series with the Reds to open the 2015 season. Three games, three rain delays, three losses, and three times the bullpen failed. Hopefully bad things come in threes and this series will soon become a distant memory. The opening series disaster in Cincinnati culminated with manager Clint Hurdle being heaped with a fair amount of scorn for electing to use...
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April 10, 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

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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