Hurdle named Pirates manager

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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates made it official on Monday and named Clint Hurdle their new manager.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Hurdle last managed with the Colorado Rockies in 2009, and spent last season as hitting coach for the American League champion Texas Rangers.

"Clint Hurdle is an extremely intelligent, passionate, knowledgeable baseball man with proven leadership skills and ability to move this team forward," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. "We are very pleased to hire such a quality man who will make an immediate and lasting impact on this organization."

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. The Rockies were 90-73 that year for their only winning season under Hurdle, and won a one-game playoff over San Diego to gain a wild card berth before beating Philadelphia and Arizona in the NL playoffs. They were swept by Boston in the World Series.

Hurdle replaces John Russell, who was fired at the conclusion of the 2010 season after going 186-299 in three full campaigns, including a 57-105 mark this past year. The Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992.

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.

Hurdle began his managerial career in the Mets organization and spent six years in the New York farm system before heading to Colorado as minor league hitting instructor from 1994-96. He took over as the Rockies hitting coach prior to the 1997 season.


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