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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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Innovative Pirates always tracking player movements

  Every team track how often a player plays, but what sets the Pittsburgh Pirates apart is that they track how often a player runs. "Every step they take, we keep track of. All the activity," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told "You keep those numbers, and when they start going the wrong way, you bring them in and tell them it might be time to back off." Hurdle notes...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates' Hurdle reaches win milestone

  When the Pirates topped the Phillies on Friday night, Clint Hurdle became the fifth active manager with 900 wins. “I really don't have a whole lot to say about it,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I'm humbled by having gotten the opportunity to manage as many games as I have. Hopefully, I've represented the position, helped some boys grow into men and some men...
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June 13, 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

Hurdle hoping to use the bullpen less

  It's unrealistic to expect a starter to go seven or more innings every time out, but it's also unrealistic to expect the bullpen to pick up the load night after night. The Pirates have a talented bullpen, and manager Clint Hurdle knows they can get the job done, but he also knows he needs to give them some rest and on Tuesday he outlined some of his concerns to the Pittsburgh...
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May 13, 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...
Via Hidden Vigorish
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

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...
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October 13, 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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