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. #Pirates will extend Hurdle thru 2014 with option for 2015 — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) February 18, 2013   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...

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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, three walks and two stolen bases while batting third for the Pirates. In March, McCutchen signed a six-year...

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Four Coaching Positions Set

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 last season.  Searage took over as the pitching coach when the team fired Joe Kerrigan in early August....

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Clint Hurdle and the Colorado Connection

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle, expect a lot of connections to the Colorado Rockies, both with potential free agent acquisitions, and with potential additions to the coaching staff.  Troy Renck, the beat writer for the Denver Post, has some speculation today on both fronts. Renck mentioned that it would be interesting to see whether Hurdle called on Colorado pitching coach Bob Apodaca.  Apodaca has been the...

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Pirates Hire Clint Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed their manager search, and have hired Clint Hurdle, according to Jon Heyman of SI.  Hurdle’s deal is for three years, according to Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal mentioned yesterday that the Pirates had increased their efforts to lock down Hurdle, who was believed to be a finalist for the New York Mets’ position.  John Perrotto had a great feature on Hurdle in the Beaver County Times,...

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