Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing
Mar04

Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released a study with a very intense look at quantifying catcher blocking and pitch framing. The study showed that Russell Martin’s framing and blocking last year was with 2.4 wins, while Chris Stewart’s work with the Yankees was worth 1.9 wins. I asked Clint Hurdle about the idea of finding value behind framing and blocking after yesterday’s game to get his input on the study. “I...

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Clint Hurdle Wins the NL Manager of the Year Award
Nov12

Clint Hurdle Wins the NL Manager of the Year Award

For the second time this off-season, Clint Hurdle has won a Manager of the Year award. Hurdle was named the NL Manager of the Year tonight by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Previously he was named the NL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. Tonight Hurdle beat out Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers, taking 25 of 30 first place votes. There’s not much to say about Hurdle that...

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McCutchen and Hurdle Are Finalists For BBWAA Awards
Nov05

McCutchen and Hurdle Are Finalists For BBWAA Awards

Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle have both been named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards, which are the official MLB awards as voted by baseball writers. Hurdle was a finalist for the NL Manager of the year. The award will be announced on November 12th. Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers were also NL finalists. Hurdle won the Sporting News NL Manager of the Year award a few...

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Clint Hurdle Wins The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year
Oct22

Clint Hurdle Wins The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year

Yesterday The Sporting News named Francisco Liriano their NL Comeback Player of the Year after the lefty dominated a players vote. Today, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was named The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year. The award was decided based on a vote held only by NL managers. Hurdle won with five of the 15 votes. In second was Fredi Gonzalez with three. Those were the only managers to receive more than...

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First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year
Oct16

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

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....

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