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,...
John Russell has taken his fair share of criticism during his time as the Pirates’ manager, some of which has been justified. Despite the historic losing and the anger heaped down from the fanbase, he is still standing unfazed in the Bucs’ dugout. That, in itself, is a testament to why Neal Huntington chose him to lead this team.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was on The Fan morning show on Tuesday, discussing Monday night’s draft signing deadline. He talked about Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, a few 2009 draftees and some issues involving the major league team. For some reason, he made people angry.
With today’s DFA of Dana Eveland, a trade that appeared suspect at the time now looks even worse. Essentially, the Pirates traded Ronald Uviedo for three non-descript appearances by Eveland. It seems like they simply threw away a minor asset. However, maybe there is more to this situation than what meets the eye.