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Hurdle doesn't have 'any warm and fuzzies' over imminent playoff berth

Heading into Monday's game, the Pittsburgh Pirates' magic number to clinch a playoff berth was just three. They could clinch a spot in the postseason for the third consecutive season as early as Tuesday, but that just doesn't excite manager Clint Hurdle anymore. His expectations are higher now. “I think the first time, it has the most meaning,” Hurdle said before their game against...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates manager Hurdle selling CD collection to benefit charity

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is selling over 2,300 music CDs to benefit charity. The former MLB outfielder turned manager is putting his large CD collection up for auction to benefit a local radio station (91.3 WYEP), and Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA). WYEP is a non-profit radio station that has served the greater Pittsburgh area for over 40 years. The stated...
Via Sportsnaut
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chemistry, the Cubs, and a key series at PNC

A pivotal series in the National League playoff race got underway today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Chicago Cubs in the first of a four-game set. The two clubs play again tonight, with the home team now holding a five-game lead over the visitors for the top wild card spot. The St. Louis Cardinals are currently two up on the Bucs for the Central Division lead. Theo Epstein...
Via Fangraphs
September 15, 2015  |  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...
Via Hidden Vigorish
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...
Via Fox Sports
June 03, 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...
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

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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