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Bell's pop could bolster offense all season

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle hasn't settled on a lineup yet, but he has a few ideas. He knows shortstop Jordy Mercer will hit eighth. The pitcher will bat ninth, albeit not when the Bucs begin the season with a designated hitter in Detroit on March 29. And Hurdle said he has first baseman Josh Bell "anchored" in the cleanup spot, where he spent most of his solid rookie season.
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Report: Pirates sign Clint Hurdle to four-year extension

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle entered the 2017 MLB season as a lame duck. The team held a 2018 option on his contract and had not gone to Hurdle to talk extension prior to the season.That can now be thrown out the window.According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have signed the long-time manager to a four-year extension through the 2021 campaign...
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September 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates.After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, the hope around Pittsburgh was that he would rebound this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 26, 2017  |  Discuss

The top 10 MLB center fielders headed into spring training 2017

There is very little that is as exciting as seeing a truly elite center fielder apply his craft. It is a position that has housed many of the greatest talents in the history of the game, as names such as Mays, Mantle, DiMaggio, Cobb and Griffey have made it home, and that is only the very tip of a substantially talented iceberg. In today’s game, there continues to be a legendary...
Via Yardbarker
March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has great reaction on move to right field

Andrew McCutchen’s days as the regular center fielder for the Pirates are over.Since making his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2009, McCutchen has played in 1,190 career games. He has started 1,171 of them in center field. To say the 30-year-old has been a fixture at the position would be an understatement.There had been speculation during the offseason the Pirates would make...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle implies Pirates gauging interest in McCutchen

The Pittsburgh Pirates are giving more hints that Andrew McCutchen’s time with the franchise could be coming to a close. Manager Clint Hurdle admitted Wednesday that the club had to do their due diligence on listening to potential offers for players who have a year or two left on their contracts, as McCutchen does. “I’ll take it one day at a time,” Hurdle said of McCutchen’s future...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 17, 2016  |  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

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

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