Clint Hurdle was named manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 15, 2010, becoming the 39th manager in
the organization's 124-year history. The 2011 season marks his 37th in professional baseball.
Hurdle spent the 2010 season as the Hitting Coach of the American League
champion Texas Rangers, a club that led the Major Leagues with a .276 batting
average during the regular season - paced by A.L. MVP Josh Hamilton (.359
average, 32 home runs and 100 RBI) and Vladimir Guerrero (.300 average,
29 home runs and 115 RBI).
Prior to joining the Texas coaching staff on November 5, 2009, Hurdle spent
over 15 years in the Colorado organization, serving as a minor league hitting
coordinator, Major League hitting coach and manager at the big league level.
He compiled a 543-625 record while serving the Rockies as manager from
April 26, 2002, until he was relieved of his duties on May 29, 2009. Clint has
the most wins of any manager in Colorado team history, winning his 500th
career game on August 29, 2008 at Los Angeles.
In 2007, Hurdle led the Rockies to the World Series as the club captured its first National League pennant in franchise
history. The 2007 club, which won 11 straight games in September, won 21 of its 22 games leading up to the World
Series, where Boston pulled off a four-game sweep. During the 2007 post season, the Rockies swept the Phillies in
the Division Series and Arizona in the Championship Series before falling to the Red Sox in the Fall Classic.
For his efforts in 2007, Hurdle received four first-place votes and finished in third place in the voting for N.L. Manager of-
the-Year. His '07 squad also compiled the highest single-season fielding pct. in Major League history (.989), a
mark that still stands. Clint also served as manager of the National League in the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee
Stadium, the longest game (time, innings) in All-Star history (the N.L. lost 4-3 in 15 innings in a game that lasted
4:50). Hurdle was also a coach for the N.L. staff during the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston.
Hurdle's managerial career at the Major League level began with a 4-1 victory over the Phillies at Coors Field on April
26, 2002. He replaced Buddy Bell as Colorado's skipper that day and went 6-0 in his first six games - tied for the sixthbest
winning streak by a manager following a mid-season managerial change in Major League history (Joe Morgan holds
the record as his Red Sox won their first 12 games in 1988).
In his five-plus years tutoring Colorado's hitters, the club compiled the N.L.'s top two averages in 70 years (.294 in
2000 and .292 in 2001) and the league's most base hits since 1930 (1,664 in 2000). In 2001 alone, the Rockies
established a Major League record for total bases (2,748) and the N.L. mark for extra-base hits (598). Hurdle, who
doubled as the club's First Base Coach from 1997-98, remained on the coaching staff under three different Colorado
managers; Don Baylor, Jim Leyland and Buddy Bell. Prior to becoming Hitting Coach in 1997, Clint served the Rockies
as their minor league hitting instructor from 1994-96.
Before he joined the Colorado organization, Hurdle managed in the New York Mets
system for six seasons (1988-1993) and compiled a 412-418 record. In his first
season as a manager, and in St. Lucie's first year of existence, he led the club to
a second-half division title and the Florida State League championship. Hurdle also
took his 1989 St. Lucie club and the 1990 Jackson team to the post season, losing
in the first round of the playoffs each year. After managing Williamsport in the
Eastern League in 1991, Clint wrapped up his minor league managerial career
with two seasons at the Triple-A level with Tidewater in 1992 and Norfolk in 1993.
Primarily an outfielder during his playing days, Hurdle was selected by Kansas
City in the first round (9th player overall) of the 1975 June draft. After three full
seasons in the minor leagues, which included American Association Rookie-ofthe-
Year and All-Star Game MVP honors while playing with Omaha in 1977, Clint
made his Major League debut at the age of 20 with the Royals on September 18,
1977, and hit a two-run homer off Seattle's Glenn Abbott in his second at bat. Hurdle played parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Royals
(1977-1981), Reds (1982), Mets (1983, 1985, 1987) and Cardinals (1986)
and compiled a .259 average, going 360-for-1391 with 81 doubles, 12 triples,
32 home runs and 193 RBI in 515 career games. He appeared in the post
season twice with Kansas City, going 3-for-8 with an RBI in four games against
the Yankees in the 1978 A.LC.S., and advancing as far as the World Series in
1980, only to lose in four games to the Phillies.
After spending the 1982 season in the Cincinnati organization, Hurdle was
signed by New York as a minor league free agent prior to the 1983 campaign
and played three years in the Mets system before being selected by St. Louis
in the 1985 Rule 5 Draft. In his final season as a player (1987), Clint appeared
in 97 games with Triple-A Tidewater and went 1-for-3 in three games with the
Mets. In his big league career, he made 240 appearances in right field, 96 in
left field, 92 at first base, 22 at catcher and 15 at third base. Hurdle, who hit the final home run in Minnesota's
historical Metropolitan Stadium on 9/30/81, hit his final big league homer on 9/9/86 at Three Rivers Stadium - a solo
shot off Pittsburgh's Rick Reuschel.
Clinton Merrick Hurdle...Wife's name in Karla...Has three children; daughter Ashley (7/18/85), who
graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara and is currently working in Group Sales with the Golden
State Warriors of the NBA, daughter Madison (8/7/02) and son Christian (11/15/04)...Is the Prader-Willi national
spokesperson, an organization that raises awareness for Prader-Willi Syndrome, a complex genetic disorder his
daughter Madison was born with...Prader-Willi affects about one in every 12,000 people and is caused by the deletion
of part of an individual's 15th chromosome (check out www.pwsausa.org for more information)...Is a 1975 graduate
of Merritt Island (FL) High School, where he lettered in baseball, football and basketball...Batted .567 with four homers
and 25 RBI in 24 games during his senior year in high school while earning All-State and All-American honors...Was
also a star quarterback and signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Miami (FL), but chose to sign with Kansas
City after the Royals selected him in the first round of the 1975 June draft...Spent the second half of the 2009 season
as an analyst on the MLB Network...Has been ejected 21 times in his career as a manager; also three times as a coach
and once as a player...Participated in PirateFest this past January.