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Clint Hurdle Newsbeat

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ron Cook: Hurdle deserves extension despite the odds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How about reading it from the greatest manager in Pirates history?

“Clint Hurdle has gotten a lot of credit for becoming a Pittsburgher, and rightfully so,” Jim Leyland said earlier this month. “He’s gotten a lot of credit for being a motivator, and rightfully so. But Clint Hurdle has not gotten enough credit in Pittsburgh, in my opinion, for being the game manager that he is. He is a terrific game manager. I don’t think that has been recognized because the other stuff has kind of overshadowed it, being active in the community, being a great guy. But Clint Hurdle is one hell of a manager one through nine.”

Huntington said he was shocked by the Bovada odds. He hired Hurdle and, presumably, would be the one to fire him — should it come to that — although Nutting, as owner, certainly has the power to fire Hurdle and/or Huntington.

“Somebody’s got bad information. I’m not a betting man, but I don’t know that there’s a worse bet out there to take,” Huntington said.

“I do not envision working with a different manager in my time here. Clint Hurdle is one of my best friends in the world. I still consider him a mentor. He has done everything that we could have ever asked of him. It’s up to us to give him enough talent. He gets the most out of it. He’s a leader. He runs a good game. Our players love playing for him. The dreaded vote of confidence isn’t even on my radar. He’s our manager and I would fully envision he’ll be our manager for a long time.

“In fact, it wouldn’t shock me if Clint outlasts me here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 09:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
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