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The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on someone else — Rangers’ bench coach Clint Hurdle — who wasn’t available.  Now that the Rangers season is over, he is available, and it’s being reported that the Bucs expect to call on him soon.

I like Hurdle. I don’t think he was responsible for the Rockies’ late 2007 run that everyone gave him credit forb, but I don’t think he was responsible for that early 2009 swoon that got him fired either.  The Rockies are a streaky bunch, we’ve learned, both with and without Hurdle. He did about as good a job in Colorado as one could expect given the talent at any given time.

I don’t think anyone can do much to help the Pirates’ situation in the short term, but Hurdle is a steady guy and would be about the best viable choice for the Pirates to make.

  1. hermitfool - Nov 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Hurdle lost the confidence of his players with his continual reliance on one run strategies early in ball games. When successful they usually resulted in the predictable one run result. He sacrificed too many potential big innings for zilch and the boyos in the dugout, who liked the guy otherwise, eventually revolted. If Hurdle gets the Pirates job you’d expect him to use the same strategies that got him fired in Colorado.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    I hope they don’t violate the unwritten Bobby V clause of the MLB bylaws.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 3:35 PM

      Ya know…since he’s still available and all…

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/02/report-brewers-to-hire-ron-roenicke-as-new-manager/comment-page-1/

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    It would be really hard to go from the new competition that is Texas, and go to Pittsburgh where the guy who doesn’t strike out that day is the town hero for a day.

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