Over the Hurdle – Pirates Hire New Manager

It’s been over a week since I posted anything new on here, I’ve been going crazy with work and school and what-not lately. Quite a few things have happened in the Pirates community, most importantly the hiring of a new manager, so let’s get right to it:

The Pirates made the announcement Monday morning that they had officially hired former Rockies skipper and Rangers hitting coach, Clint Hurdle.

Hurdle was immediately very vocal about his thoughts on the Pirates management, history, and most importantly players.

Management apparently did a phenomenal job with selling Hurdle on the team. Hurdle said that he was very pleased with how Neal and company “defended their brand,” and that he, as well as the big guys in the front office are “all in,”

Hurdle stated that he was gravitated to Danny Murtaugh, Chuck Tanner, and other former players in Bucco management when he was a young man. Hurdle said that Pittsburgh was the right place for him and it “felt right in his heart,”

Hurdle told media members that he plans to have face-to-face meeting with players in the upcoming weeks to get a better feel for the team.

Hurdle was confronted by a fan in his online chat via Pirates.com.

The fan asked the newly appointed manager:

What’s more important to you, Mr. Hurdle — the number of 2010 Pirates’ wins or developing young players?”

Hurdle responded in a way that was blunt, and unlike anything we’ve seen here in Pittsburgh from any management official.

“Sounds like a trap question to me, but here it goes … I just looked at the record again from last year. More wins required.”

Personally I like Hurdle, he’s my kind of guy. Hurdle’s blunt, to the point, and doesn’t like excuses.

He told media outlets that the youth excuse will not be tolerated that “There comes a point in time where you have to look a guy in the eyes and let him know it’s time.”

As for his history, Hurdle seems to be an offense oriented coach which is understandable coming from being the manager of a primarily slugging team and being a hitting coach.

He likes small-ball, and his Rockies led the league in sacrifice bunts at one time, which is okay unless it gets too out of hand.

Hurdle also isn’t the kind of guy who overworks pitchers as he rarely let any of his starters extend beyond 100 pitches in his time as manager for the Rockies.

I can’t wait to see this guy take the helm. He has my endorsement until he gives me reason to revoke it. Here’s to a good season, best wishes Clint.



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