All posts tagged "Clint Hurdle"

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: On the Hurdle Extension and the First Day of Minor League Camp

    When I looked at my calendar for a potential move to Bradenton, I had two choices. The week of January 20th would get me here a month before Spring Training, and I'd be settled in when pitchers and catchers reported. A month later would get me in after the first week of...

  • Transactions
    Hurdle Officially Extended Through 2014

    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...

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    Pirates To Extend Hurdle Through 2014

    According to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates will extend the contract of manager Clint Hurdle through the 2014 season, with an option for 2015. https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/303540715064016896   UPDATE 12:29 PM According to Bill Brink, the Pirates are expected to announce the extension sometime this week. UPDATE 1:28 PM Biertempfel has said...

  • Analysis
    Pirates using Grilli, Hanrahan poorly

    The Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Tuesday night when Chase Headley launched a two-run, 10th inning home run. In the bottom of the eighth, with the Bucs trailing 4-3 and facing one last chance to tie the game, Clint Hurdle sent Chad Qualls to the mound. Qualls entered...

  • Analysis
    In-game strategy too predictable

    With the Pirates leading 1-0 tonight, Rod Barajas led off the seventh inning with a double. On the next pitch, Clint Barmes tried to sacrifice him to third. The bunt was mediocre and the slow-footed Barajas was easily thrown out at third on the play. Yamaico Navarro flew out for the second...

  • Analysis
    Taking a look at last night’s strike zone

    During the second inning of last night’s game, Pirates catcher Rod Barajas took issue with a ball that was called with Carlos Beltran at the plate. In turn, home plate umpire Angel Campos took issue with whatever comment Barajas made and tossed him from the game. Barajas was visibly furious, and manager...

  • Analysis
    Pirates’ stolen base strategy baffling

    If you have been following me on Twitter tonight, this may seem a bit repetitive. But I felt this deserved its own post. After Alex Presley was thrown out trying to steal second in tonight's game, I decided to check out some of the Pirates' stolen base stats. Consider the following numbers,...

  • Analysis
    Quantifying last night’s sacrifice bunt attempts

    Many have criticized Clint Hurdle for the number of sacrifice bunts the Pirates attempted in last night's 5-4 win over the Rockies. All in all, the Pirates laid down two sacrifice bunts on the night. In addition, Jose Tabata showed bunt on the first three pitches he saw in the seventh, before...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Positive McCutchen Can Do This

    He’s been ranked as one of the top center fielders in baseball. And rightfully so. Despite the club struggling with offense to start the 2012 season, Andrew McCutchen has been doing his share. The 25-year-old entered game action on Wednesday with a .333/.405/.394 line in 33 at-bats, with four runs, two doubles, an RBI,...

  • Analysis
    Four Coaching Positions Set

    Searage will return as the pitching coach in 2011. According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to name four coaches to Clint Hurdle's coaching staff.  Those coaches are Ray Searage (pitching coach), Gregg Ritchie (hitting coach), Jeff Banister (third base coach), and Nick Leyva (bench coach). Searage and Banister are returning to the coaching staff from...

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