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First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year

Clint Hurdle didn't completely go by the book this year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

My feelings on managers have been made known on this site: I think that a good manager is usually the result of a good team. A bad manager is usually the result of a bad team. I think that managers can do things to help or hurt the current team, but that their impact is overblown.

Major League Baseball announced their awards schedules today. One of the first awards to come out will be the Manager of the Year awards, on November 12th. Usually that award goes to a manager with a winning team. If that winning team is a surprise team, like the Pirates, then the manager of that team is almost a lock to win the award.

Clint Hurdle looks like a lock to win the 2013 NL Manager of the Year award. And he deserves it.

I've been critical of Hurdle a lot over the last three seasons. There are a lot of things I disagree with. There's his usage of bunting, the reliance on small sample sizes when creating ...

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