Pirates waiting to interview Clint Hurdle?
According to Tracy Ringolsby (MLB Network Insider) the reason for the Pirates slowed managerial interviews could be that they are interested in Clint Hurdle –the Rangers hitting coach.
“I think that there is a reason it’s been two weeks since they’ve interviewed anybody and they still haven’t made a decision. That means that the guy they are interested in hasn’t been available yet. Now there’s been a lot of speculation, Tony Pena, coach of the New York Yankees who played for the Pirates. He’ll be a guy they are interested in. But the guy I think is a sleeper in this whole thing is the Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle. Hurdle brings a lot of things to Pittsburgh that they are looking for a manager. He’s a guy that has a track record that shows he can go through the struggles of building with a young team. He understands that not everything is going to be perfect. But he’s able to not only build with a young team but in Colorado, he took that young team all the way to the World Series. The other thing Hurdle brings is a lot of life and personality. This guy is very charismatic. The Pirates need that type of a guy to be in a leadership role. When he was with the Rockies he wasn’t just a manager, he was the face of the Rockies in the public. He was the guy who went to the events and really got the community behind the team. He could move into Pittsburgh and be an ideal fit in that situation.”