Tag: Clint Hurdle

Gajtka: Clint Hurdle Remains Face, Voice Of Pirates … For Now

Who’s the face of the Pirates? If that sort of figurative, unanswerable question appeals to you, it’s a heck of a debate as we pass the midpoint of the 2018 season. If I had to wager a guess, I’d say the team hoped it would be Josh Bell at this juncture. That day might still […]
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Anthony Rizzo’s Questionable Takeout Of Elias Díaz Highlights Rule Confusion

PITTSBURGH — From the moment Anthony Rizzo changed course on his way to home plate in the eighth inning Monday, any sports fan (or human being) could predict the likely postgame reaction. The Cubs were going to say Rizzo’s takeout of Elias Díaz was fine. The Pirates were going to say it wasn’t. Chalk one […]
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Pirates’ Low Strikeout Rate Probably Doesn’t Explain High Production

PITTSBURGH — Everywhere we turn in Major League Baseball media coverage these days, we see repeated references to two large-scale phenomena: Optimized launch angle and increased strikeout rate. As a team that constantly seeks every inefficiency available in its quest to win on a budget, the Pirates have likely considered the possible benefits of swimming […]
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Pirates Have Pitching Personnel Conducive To Trying Something Revolutionary

PITTSBURGH — On Friday, Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that his club would do something not often tried in Major League Baseball: Deploy a relief pitcher as his starter. Cash told reporters that Sergio Romo, who had never started a game in his 11-year big-league career, would the mound for the first inning Saturday night […]
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Gajtka: Forget What We Think. Do The Pirates Expect To Keep...

PITTSBURGH — I asked about a month ago if it was too early to adjust our expectations for the Pirates. At that time, the team was 8-2 and opening a few eyes as to the potential of this year’s group. My contention was that a hot 10-game stretch was indeed enough to allow us to […]
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How Pirates’ Various Successes Can Feed Off One Another

PITTSBURGH — Baseball is a team sport, but not necessarily a synergistic one. A batting lineup can run hot or cold, but that has little impact on how well arms and gloves can limit the opposition. There can easily be a disconnect between scoring and defending, perhaps more so than any other team sport. Even […]
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Was This Hot Start Critical For The Pirates? Depends On Who...

We could argue that a team like the 2018 Pirates needed to fashion a fast break out of the starting gate to have a realistic chance at contention. Perhaps ‘need’ is a strong word here, but with young players taking on additional responsibility after two high-profile players were traded in the offseason, early positive feedback […]
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Gajtka: Time Is Now For Pirates To Attract Eyeballs … Even...

PITTSBURGH — We can act like the Pirates exist in a sports-entertainment vacuum, but the reality is that there is only so much capital — mental and financial — to go around. Cutting to the chase, there’s only a finite amount of time the early-stage Pirates have to attract attention before a goodly amount of […]
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Hurdle and Huntington Discuss Contract Extensions and Continuing to Work Together

PITTSBURGH — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle both spoke to the media for the first time Tuesday since signing twin four-year contract extensions that will keep the duo in charge of the Pirates through the 2021 season. Both men made it clear that they are, in fact a duo. Their contracts […]
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Williams: After Well Deserved Extensions, Huntington and Hurdle Face a New...

I’ve drawn a lot of comparisons this year between the 2012 and 2017 seasons. The 2012 season saw the Pirates collapse in the final two months, which led to a lot of questions about their future. Those questions went to the extreme, wondering if Neal Huntington, Clint Hurdle, and the rest of the front office […]
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