Hurdle pleased with latest pace-of-game rules

Pirates skipper believes adjustments will streamline contests

Hurdle pleased with latest pace-of-game rules

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Following his overnight review of the pace-of-game rules announced Friday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said they will go a long way toward "streamlining the pace of games, something we all need to be aware of."

"I'm sure we'll make the necessary adjustments as we go along. We're all for keeping the games moving and interesting," Hurdle said.

For Hurdle's comfort, the revision requiring managers to initiate challenges from within the dugout comes a year late. To challenge plays last season, Hurdle had to repeatedly limp out on the field on two degenerating hips that were surgically replaced this winter.

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"Timing is everything. But we're all good," he said, smiling.

The ability to keep his challenge after each call that is overturned, beyond just one, wasn't interpreted as revolutionary by Hurdle.

"I don't think it's going to change a whole lot. You still want to be right," he said. "We've been given orders to follow and will make the necessary adjustments. We all understand the parameters laid out, and will be fine with it.

"I'm sure they'll keep tightening things up," added Hurdle, who continues to see the replay process as a work in progress. "When we started talking about this exactly a year ago, all the conversations we had made note of the fact this is something we'll continue to work on to make it better. But we had to come up with something to initiate the process, and that's what we did last year."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.