First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year
Nov05

First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been named a finalist for the NL Manager of the Year award. Hurdle won the award last year. After he was named as a finalist, I wrote about how he deserved the award, due to the way he embraced advanced metrics such as defensive shifts, and how he controlled the clubhouse and never let the Pirates get into a prolonged funk. This time around I think Hurdle...

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McCutchen and Hurdle Named as Award Finalists
Nov04

McCutchen and Hurdle Named as Award Finalists

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two finalists for the BBWAA awards this year. Clint Hurdle was named a finalist for the Manager of the Year, while Andrew McCutchen was named an MVP finalist. Hurdle will go up against Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Matt Williams of the Nationals. McCutchen is in a group with Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. Hurdle and McCutchen are both looking for back-to-back awards....

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The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP
Jul20

The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects When the Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season, an offensive approach touting the importance of on-base percentage was emphasized after the team finished ninth in the National League with a below-average .313 clip. After 97 games this season, the Pirates lead the National League with a .332 OBP, and are scoring over 4 runs per game. Year On-Base Percentage League Rank Runs Per Game League...

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All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery
Jul15

All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects The Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season in a fashion rather unbecoming after they finally ended professional sports’ longest losing streak with 95 victories last year and pushed the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to five games in the 2013 National League Division Series. By May 20, the Pirates were 8 games under .500 at 18-26, 8 games back of the first-place Milwaukee...

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Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?
May09

Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Clint Hurdle doesn’t like to use the phrase “reclamation project” when discussing players whose careers the Pirates have turned around in the past few years. He sees the men in his clubhouse as humans first, and players after that. So, for him, to call a player a “reclamation project” as if he was a piece of furniture salvaged from a trash dump to be renovated and added to a living room just doesn’t make sense....

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