Pittsburgh Pirates News: Clint Hurdle Lands Front Office Job
By Marty Leap
Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has landed a new role, now working in the front office of the Colorado Rockies
November 14th, 2010, was one of the more important days in the recent history of the Pittsburgh Pirates. On this day the Pirates hired Clint Hurdle to be the team’s new manager which helped to begin to usher in a new era of Pirate baseball.
In 9 seasons under Hurdle’s guidance as manager the Pittsburgh Pirates went 735-720-1. In 2013 Hurdle led the Pirate to their first winning season and postseason berth since 1992. This was the first of three consecutive postseason berths for the Pirates, as well as the first of four winning season under the guidance of Hurdle.
Hurdle was fired on the morning of the final game of the 2019 season. This brought Hurdle’s tenure as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates to an end. After spending the past two seasons out of baseball, Hurdle has now returned to the sport.
Hurdle’s achievements in Pittsburgh also expand to what he did off the field. He and his wife were great members of the Pittsburgh community and were regularly involved in charitable events, as well as other community events.
His fiery attitude on the field and passion for the game led to Hurdle quickly winning over Pirate fans. Nearly leading the team to a winning record in 2011 and 2012, as well as finally breaking through in 2013 was a factor too. Even though things did not end on a positive note for Hurdle in Pittsburgh, he is still a loved figure among Pirate fans.
Thursday afternoon news broke that Hurdle will be returning to the Colorado Rockies, the team he managed prior to coming to Pittsburgh. Hurdle will serve as an assistant general manager for the Rockies.
Hurdle took over as manager of the Rockies during the 2002 season and served in that role until he was fired 46 games into the 2009 season. While Hurdle only had one winning season as manager of the Rockies it was the best, most memorable season in franchise history.
Hurdle led the Rockies to their lone NL pennant and World Series berth in 2007. This came as the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 games of the season, which included defeating the San Diego Padres in a one game playoff to earn the final postseason spot.
Colorado stayed hot in the postseason earning series sweeps in both the National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series. Their magical run came to an end when they were swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
It is great to see Hurdle back in baseball. Clint will always hold a special place in the hearts of Pirate fans. It is always good to see good people who are easy to root for land on their feet with a good job.