Pirates to name Hurdle manager: report

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Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to name Clint Hurdle as the club's next manager.

The Tribune-Review on Sunday quoted a league source as saying the announcement will come down on Monday.

Hurdle last managed with the Colorado Rockies in 2009, and spent last season as hitting coach for the American League champion Texas Rangers. He will replace John Russell, who was fired shortly after the end of the regular season after going 186-299 in three full campaigns, including a 57-105 mark in 2010.

The 53-year-old Hurdle racked up a 534-625 mark over parts of eight seasons as Rockies' skipper, which included a World Series appearance in 2007 when Colorado finished 90-73, winning a one-game playoff over San Diego to gain a wild-card berth.

A native of Florida's Space Coast, Hurdle was the ninth-overall pick by Kansas City in the 1975 draft. In a 10-year playing career, he hit .259 with 32 homers, 81 doubles and drove in 193 over 515 games with the Royals, Reds, Mets and Cardinals.


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