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Taking a Guess at the Pirates’ Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates will release their Wild Card rosters tomorrow morning at 10 AM. Clint Hurdle gave a few hints on the makeup of the roster, but wouldn’t reveal any names until tomorrow. Based on what we know, I wanted to do a prediction on who might be on the team. Below is just my guess, based on what Hurdle said in his press conference today, along with a look at how the...
Via Pirates Prospects
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates stay on rotation for unsettled playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is staying with his starting pitching alignment for the playoffs, which meant using right-hander Gerrit Cole on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds because the game had bearing on the NL Central title. Cole has been Pittsburgh best pitcher lately, winning his last four starts. Hurdle had to decide whether to use Cole on Sunday as planned...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 162

I gotta say,  Clint Hurdle has really pissed me off with his management of the pitching staff recently.   The way he stuck with Jeff Locke until the game was out of hand was shameful.   The way Mark Melancon sat on the bench while far inferior players vomited all over themselves was a complete joke.   It’s not June.   The Cardinals are TRYING to give the Pirates the division...
Via This Is Getting Old
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland: The Pirates’ Sabermetric Road Show

In Fitzgerald, though, the Pirates have built a unique bridge between backgrounds. Most quants spend much of the season sequestered in the equivalent of what the Astros call their “nerd cave” — an office from which analysts periodically emerge to interact with coaches but rarely to travel with the team. Fitzgerald, meanwhile, makes most road trips: If the Pirates are playing...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

John Holdzkom Quickly Earns Clint Hurdle’s Trust in the Late Innings

It’s no coincidence that Clint Hurdle has put tremendous faith in John Holdzkom after only pitching 27.2 innings in the Pirates’ minor leagues. Hurdle trusts the reports he gets from the Indianapolis Indians’ manager, Dean Treanor, and pitching coach, Tom Filer, and their word was enough for Hurdle to throw Holdzkom quickly into the mix. “Going in, I was looking for things...
Via Pirates Prospects
18 days ago  |  Discuss

From #Hurdled to Manager of the Year

Clint Hurdle won the BBWAA NL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday night, as expected. He dominated the voting, earning 25 of the 30 first place votes (and the 5 voters that didn’t put him first for some strange reason voted him second). I summarized my thought’s on Hurdle’s accomplishment when he was awarded the Sporting News Manager of the Year award two weeks ago, but I...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes: Clint Hurdle, Manager of the Year

The Pirates took home a Sporting News award for the second straight day: Clint Hurdle was named NL Manager of the Year on Tuesday. This shouldn’t surprise anybody – the consensus choice for manager of the year is usually the manager of the team that surpasses preseason expectations (or “overachieves” based on their percieved talent level) the most – and that was certainly...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year

Clint Hurdle didn’t completely go by the book this year. (Photo Credit: David Hague) My feelings on managers have been made known on this site: I think that a good manager is usually the result of a good team. A bad manager is usually the result of a bad team. I think that managers can do things to help or hurt the current team, but that their impact is overblown. Major League...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates agree to extension with Clint Hurdle

#Pirates will extend Hurdle thru 2014 with option for 2015 — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) February 18, 2013   I don’t think there are too many fans out there who really care for Clint Hurdle all that much, at least not fans who read this site, but it’s hard to argue against this move. The Pirates have actually been playoff contenders pretty deep into both seasons Hurdle...
Via North Side Notch
February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Clint Hurdle’s contract

The Pirates are giving manager Clint Hurdle a one year extension (plus an option for 2015), according to the Trib’s Rob Biertempfel. Hurdle’s original deal was set to expire after the upcoming season. Hurdle’s tactics constantly drive us nuts and he certainly shares some of the blame for the team’s second-half collapse in both of his seasons as the skipper, but his popularity...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
February 18, 2013  |  1 Comment
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