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Clint Hurdle on Stolen Bases, Leadoff Hitters, Pitching, and More

Clint Hurdle on Stolen Bases, Leadoff Hitters, Pitching, and More

Clint Hurdle met with the media today at the MLB Winter Meetings. The transcript of the interview was sent out via press release. Below are some highlights.

On who could lead off for the Pirates...

"I'm not even going to go there right now because that'll get printed with here's who we're leading off.  I don't know right now.  I've got some thoughts.  I've got some thoughts on who I'd like to hit second.  When you look at our personnel, you definitely want people up there that can move.  It's not so much the standard as it used to be.  How many prototypical lead‑off men are in the game right now?  There's probably a handful of guys that played in the '80s or '90s that you're looking to lead off, guys that are actually in the game right now.  But a man that can get on base, can score runs, the second guy used to be a guy that could handle the bat.  Now it's maybe a guy that can walk, handle the bat, stretch out an at‑bat and a guy that needs to get on base.

"Our challenge offen...

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