Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 93

Ho. Lee. ****. I guess the Pirates didn’t want to ruin their Pythagorean….. Protect that run differential. Edinson Volquez basically turning into a boss.  I almost can’t believe Clint Hurdle left him pitch an entire game.   An awesome performance. Jeff Locke.  I believe in you. Between my home Internet being down, a busy day at work, me writing this post on my phone, and...
Via This Is Getting Old
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 9, Cardinals 1

So how many of you Pirate fans out there would have guessed Edinson Volquez would be the first Bucco pitcher to toss a complete game this year? Or that he would lead the team with 8 wins at the All-Star Break, or have a very tidy 3.65 ERA with the second-most innings pitched? Eddie actually looked a tad shaky early on – the Cards got the leadoff man on base in each of the first...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole goes back on the disabled list with strained lat

Clint Hurdle was evasive before last night’s game about Gerrit Cole’s status on Wednesday, and now we know why: Cole’s bullpen session didn’t go well and he’s headed back to the disabled list with his strained lat. There’s still not a whole lot else to go on here: the comments from both Hurdle and Cole made it sound like this is a short-term injury (it could be: Cole’s...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates send Jason Grilli to Angels for Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates dealt closer Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. The Pirates received right-hander Ernesto Frieri in return. Grilli and Frieri both have 11 saves this season.  Frieri, 28, has a 6.39 ERA. “Jason has responded well to a series of challenges in his life,” said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. “He had a good run here. He loves the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB tweaks home plate rule after controversial play

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in a controversial play last week that called into question the validity of MLB’s new home plate collision rule. On Tuesday, the league took a formal step to ensure such controversy wouldn’t happen again. The rule in question was Rule 7.13, a new edict that prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Even after endlessly hearing about the franchise's two decades-long quest to finish better than .500 before last season's 94-win campaign, the Pittsburgh Pirates are probably happy to think about going above the break-even mark in 2014. The Pirates should have Neil Walker back in the lineup as they try to climb above...
Via Fox Sports Florida
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli might not be long for the closer role with the Pirates

The Pirates defeated the Reds in 12 innings this afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but Jason Grilli was the reason the game went to extra innings after he gave up a game-tying solo homer to Devin Mesoraco in the top of the ninth inning. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked about Grilli’s status as the team’s closer after the game and he indicated that a change could be coming soon.
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  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...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Neil Walker recovering quickly from recent appendectomy

Neil Walker visited manager Clint Hurdle twice Tuesday, something Hurdle joked the second baseman does not do when he is healthy. “The more he does this,” Hurdle said, using his hand to mime talking, “the healthier he’s getting.” Hurdle continued to mime. “We’re getting a lot of this.” Walker took batting practice and fielded grounders Tuesday, another step in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 70

Stupidest game ever. Pedro Alvarez played defense like a stupid. Ike Davis played defense like a stupid. Russell Martin had the full inning of a typical stupid. Clint Hurdle managed like a stupid. Clint Hurdle standing ready to abort another Pirates victory. It’s been a while but it’s about time “Clothes hanger” Clint Hurdle makes an appearance at TiGO. You can’t blame...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates get 16 hits in 10-3 romp over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- At the end of the longest nine-inning game in San Diego Padres history, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle summed it up best Monday night. "It's time to go home," he said. Jordy Mercer homered and matched a career high with four of Pittsburgh's 16 hits in a 10-3 romp over the Padres. Neil Walker added three hits and three RBIs, and Josh Harrison also...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirtes: Jason Grilli moved back into closer role

getty images On Thursday Pirates manager Clint Hurdle moved Jason Grilli back into the closers role. It had been six days since Grilli had been activated from the disabled list. Mark Melancon had been serving in the closers role but he will now return to the eighth inning. That domino effect will continue throughout the Pirates bullpen. “He’s ready to go,” Hurdle said simply...
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sanchez, bench power Pirates in rallying to a road victory over Mets

Clint Hurdle and the Pirates hitting coaches rethought their pinch-hitting program this spring after the club's bench bats struggled last season. The new program, and the new equipment, continued to pay off in a come-from-behind, 5-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday. This season there are new pinch-hit routines and approaches, but the biggest change is the Pirates are now...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jason Grilli eyes Saturday return

While his autobiographical work Just My Game, may have fallen just short of the New York Times best sellers list, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli can take solace that his return to the active roster is imminent.Clint Hurdle said it's a 'realistic' timetable for Jason Grilli to be activated from the DL ok Saturday— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) May 21, 2014 On...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 39: Pirates 4 Brewers 1

Before the game started, I joked on Twitter that Clint Hurdle needed to manage this game like it was Game 7 of the World Series because of tomorrow’s impending Wandy Rodriguez start. Then I went off to Durham to watch some Triple-A baseball and only really kept tabs on the Pirates’ score and how Francisco Liriano was pitching. I got home just in time to see Clint Barmes field...
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Newly acquired Davis ready to bat in unfamiliar position for Pirates

Manager Clint Hurdle spent part of his off day this week tinkering with the Pirates lineup. He came up with one change no manager before him ever has: Ike Davis in the two-hole. "His comment was funny. He said, 'I always felt like I could hit second,' " said Hurdle. "I think he wanted to say nobody was crazy enough to ever do it. Nobody ever did." The...
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May 01, 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

This Date In Royals History–April 12, 1981

1981: Dennis Leonard pitched eight terrific innings and Clint Hurdle bashed a two-run homer to lead the Royals to a 4-2 win over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Leonard allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out six. The Orioles’ two runs both scored in the ninth and were both unearned. Baltimore did not have their first runner until Rick Dempsey...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of The Card–Clint Hurdle, 1980

We know lots about baseball these days. Everything in the game, it seems, is tracked and recorded, and then a bunch of smart fans figure out ways to distill that data into stats that can tell us more about the game than we might have ever imagined. Even if you don’t understand those stats (although I am inclined to pay attention to advanced stats, there are plenty that I struggle...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekend news: Taillon, Huntington, Hurdle

The exciting series win over St. Louis wasn’t the only news coming from PNC Park this weekend, as the Pirates announced two contract extensions and a devastating injury. Actually, I probably shouldn’t say devastating, but it really stinks to hear that Jameson Taillon will need Tommy John surgery. That’ll sideline him for over a year, and it wipes out the plan of having him...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Huntington and Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates extended the contracts of General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle for three years, with club options for the 2018 season. The announcement was made by Pirates President Frank Coonelly.
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates rumors: Clint Hurdle receives three year extension

Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly announced Saturday afternoon that both Manager Clint Hurdle and General Manager Neal Huntington have received three-year extensions with a club options for the 2018 season. The two managers have led the Pirates through one of the most impressive turn-arounds in recent MLB history.The Pirates front office which includes Coonelly and and...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Neal Huntington, Clint Hurdle

BREAKING: #Pirates have extended the contracts of GM Neal Huntington & Manager Clint Hurdle for 3 yrs, w/club options for the 2018 season. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 5, 2014
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurdle's message: Time is now

Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle sat down with's George Von Benko for an in depth look at the upcoming season.
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Blanked 5-0 Despite Some Lively Moments

It was a game up hit batsmen between the Phillies and the Pirates this afternoon. Five batters were given first base the hard way which is enough for it to get tense enough where benches have to be warned. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is known for not being one to...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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