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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)
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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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