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Bob Nutting on an International Draft, 2015 Payroll, Winning the Division, and More

Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting met with the Pittsburgh media today, shortly after delivering his annual address to the players in Spring Training. Nutting said that he told the players that he is enthusiastic about the season coming up, and that the expectation is continued improvement every day, and to win the division and try to win a championship in Pittsburgh again....
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Believe Jung-ho Kang Will Eventually Be an Everyday Player

There are 46 days during Spring Training, from the day pitchers and catchers reported, to the final game in Philadelphia. By the looks of things, Clint Hurdle is going to be asked a question about Jung-ho Kang every single one of those days. A big part of that is due to the expanding media presence from South Korea that are attending Pirates’ camp for one reason — to cover the...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 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
5 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  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

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

The Pedro Alvarez Problem Solved

Clint Hurdle has had a lot of tough decisions to make this season from injuries and inconsistent starting pitching to playing solely the hand he’s been dealt. Hurdle gave Josh Harrison a chance to play third base and it seems as if he’s now the starter at the hot corner. Pedro Alvarez, the NL Silver […]
Via Baseball Essential
August 04, 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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