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Friday, September 27, 2019

Manager Clint Hurdle hopes to return to Pirates in 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle hopes to return for what would be his 10th season as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager in 2020.

Hurdle has two more years remaining on a deal that started with the 2018 season.

Pittsburgh began Thursday 67-91, its most losses since 2010. The second half of the season included several clubhouse incidents, including a fight between relief pitchers Felipe Vazquez and Kyle Crick.

 

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, manager, pirates

Sunday, September 08, 2019

The Dying Art of the Manager Meltdown

Still, the overall hostility between umpires and managers, some of which grew into yearslong feuds, seems to have receded. Some would call it natural evolution of a wealthier and more-sanitized game, but the most obvious change may be technological: Super-slow motion cameras and video replays now ensure that virtually every close call is correct.

It’s clean, efficient and a safeguard against human error, one that eliminates disasters like Don Denkinger’s blown call at first base in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. And with the independent Atlantic League now experimenting with motion sensors calling balls and strikes instead of humans — and its introduction to the big leagues all but inevitable — the former Mets manager Bobby Valentine predicted that “soon we’ll be at the point where there’s nothing left to argue about.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2019 at 10:31 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Joe Maddon believes he will be with Cubs ‘for a couple more years at least’

Joe Maddon’s contract is up at the end of the year and his future has been an underlying storyline all Cubs season.

Before Sunday’s game at the Reds, Maddon addressed questions from reporters on the topic. He seems to think he will be back, saying optimism is very high on his end.

“I believe we’ll be together for a couple more years at least,” Maddon said in an article in the Chicago Tribune.

The Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central, but the playoff race is very tight. The Brewers and Cardinals are within striking distance and the NL Wild Card race is littered with several teams.

Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not he stays on Theo Epstein’s good side, as the man he beat to win the World Series can amply testify…

 

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, manager

 

 

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