PITTSBURGH -- Before Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle started his managerial career with Colorado in 2002, he had a 10-year playing career that began when Kansas City made him the eighth overall pick in the 1975 Draft.
Although he's still attached to the organization, Hurdle said this weekend's Interleague series against the Royals isn't much different from any other.
"It's really more unique when I'm back there. That's when it grabs me a little bit," Hurdle said before Friday's series opener. "I know like, one player, and I know a couple of the staff guys, so there's not much there. But it's nice to go back, to see [Kauffman] stadium, the transformation of the stadium."
Hurdle made his Major League debut with the Royals in 1977. His most productive year was 1980, when Hurdle hit .294 with 10 home runs and 60 RBIs over 130 games.
As a manager, Hurdle has a 6-7 record against Kansas City following Friday's 4-2 win.