Hurdle to be interviewed on Thursday
President Frank Coonelly on why the Pirates were taking so long to hire a new manager:
“First, we wanted to make sure we went through a very detailed and comprehensive search process that identified quality individuals who would be the right fit for the Pirates. Second, most clubs who are in the playoffs understandably will not grant permission to talk to one of their coaches until their post season run in complete, and we had an interest in talking with Clint Hurdle, the rangers hitting coach.”
“Now that the series is over, we are set to talk to Mr. Hurdle tomorrow and should be in a position to make a decision shortly thereafter.”
What are the Pirates looking for in a manager?
“Relentless and passionate teacher who will relentlessly pursue excellence throughout our organization. The manager who we hire must instill confidence and determination so that our players relentlessly pursue excellence in every aspect of their preparation and execution.”