The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially confirmed the news we heard yesterday about the contract extension for manager Clint Hurdle. He is now signed through the 2014 season and the club holds an option for the 2015 season. His contract was due to expire at the end of this year. Under Hurdle, the Pirates have gone 151-173 over the last two seasons, with the club winning 79 games last year. No financial terms were released.
Hurdle had this to say after the announcement:
“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to continue and finish what we started. There is no place I would rather be than in a Pirates uniform.”
GM Neal Huntington on Hurdle’s extension:
“Clint Hurdle has played a significant role in the transition of an organization that has improved at the Major League level by 22 wins over the past two seasons. Clint’s leadership, infectious positive energy, passion and knowledge transcend the clubhouse and we believe he is the right man to help us return to championship-caliber baseball in Pittsburgh.”