The Pittsburgh Pirates have narrowed their manager search down to two people: Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister. Hurdle, the current batting coach for the Texas Rangers, will interview for the position tomorrow, according to Pirates' CEO Frank Coonelly in his live chat today. Banister, the interim bench coach for the Pirates, is the only remaining candidate of the seven people who originally interviewed for the position.
A quick analysis of the two candidates:
Hurdle will interview for the Pirates' job on Thursday.
Hurdle was the manager of the Colorado Rockies from 2002-2009. He was replaced in 2009 by former Pirates' manager Jim Tracy, after the Rockies got off to an 18-28 start. The highlight for Hurdle was the 2007 season, when the Rockies finished the season on a 14-1 stretch to win the Wild Card, followed by seven straight wins to make it to the World Series, only to be swept by Boston.
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