Clint Hurdle joined the RumBunter podcast this week.
Coach Hurdle answered questions about The Collapse of 2012, James McDonald and the pitching staff, Rod Barajas and more in his typical “no-B.S.” manner, because, let’s face it – Clint Hurdle doesn’t flinch. Hurdle handles everything in the same manner – straight forward and full steam ahead, without worrying about giving a politically correct or expedient answer.
Pat and detox give their interesting and often quite funny views on the Pirates 2012 season, the highs, the lows, and everything in between.
If you missed Hurdle’s resume here it is:
Clint Hurdle was named manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 15, 2010, becoming the 39th manager in the organization’s 125-year history. The 2012 season marked his 38th in professional baseball.
For most of the first four months of the 2011 season, Hurdle had the Pirates at the top or near the top of the N.L. Central standings. His club went 16-11 during the month of June and led the division with a 48-43 record on July 15. Despite being beset by injuries to their two starting catchers, a member of the starting rotation and their main setup man in the bullpen, the 2011 Pirates went a season-high seven games over .500 with a 51-44 record on July 19. The Pirates spent their final day in first place on July 25 and went 19-43 from that point on. Hurdle captured his 600th career managerial victory with the Pirates’ 5-4 win over the Astros at PNC Park on September 7.
For his efforts in 2011, Hurdle received a pair of third-place votes in the balloting for N.L. Manager-of-the-Year and finished tied for sixth in the overall voting, which was won by Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. Hurdle spent the 2010 season as the Hitting Coach of the American League champion Texas Rangers, a club that led the Major Leagues with a .276 batting average during the regular season – paced by A.L. MVP Josh Hamilton (.359 average, 32 home runs and 100 RBI) and Vladimir Guerrero (.300 average, 29 home runs and 115 RBI).
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