The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to announce a one year extension for manager Clint Hurdle this week. An agreement has been reached between the two sides and the deal will include an option for 2015. An announcement is likely to be made on Wednesday or Thursday. Preliminary contract talks on an extension began about two weeks ago as owner Bob Nutting, a huge supporter of Hurdle’s, made it his priority to get Hurdle locked up. Hurdle has gone 151-173 in two seasons as Pirate manager.
By John Perrotto The Pirates’ offense has yet to hit its stride nearly two months into the season. The Pirates are 13th in National League in runs scored with an average of 3.65 a game. They are also 12th in on-base percentage (.311), 14th in batting average (.236) and 15th in slugging percentage (.356). Manager Clint Hurdle has basically taken over the hitting coach responsibilities from Gregg Ritchie but that hasn’t sparked the Pirates’ hitters. Hurdle tried shuffling the batting order Wednesday with left fielder Jose Tabata batting leadoff and center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the No. 3 hole–the spots they occupied at the beginning of the season–but the Pirates lost 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves in 11 innings at PNC Park. Other than moving guys around on the lineup card, there seems to little Hurdle or the Pirates can do to get an offensive jolt. Class AAA Indianapolis hasRead More »