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Clint Hurdle to interview for Pirates job

11/2/2010

One thing that happens to coaches that make the World Series is that others want their services. Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, who helped the club finish the regular season with the highest batting average in the American League, is going to interview for the vacant managerial post in Pittsburgh.

Hurdle managed Colorado from May 2002 through May 2009.

Hurdle did an excellent job of stressing situational hitting. He's the type of coach that comes to work every day with a smile on his face, but a focus. He keeps players thinking and working and did a nice job of recognizing which buttons to push with each guy. Players and coaches periodically would find inspirational text messages on their phones from Hurdle, who was constantly communicating. He would be a tough loss, but it's not surprising that other teams would consider him for a mangerial job. Stay tuned.