Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and current manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Hurdle played in MLB for the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals, and has also managed for the Colorado Rockies.
Labeled a "phenom" by Sports Illustrated at age twenty, Hurdle played 515 games at the major league level. After retiring from playing baseball, Hurdle became a manager. His eight seasons with the Colorado Rockies included leading the 2007 club to the franchise's first National League (NL) pennant. On November 14, 2010, the Pirates hired him to be their manager. In 2013, Hurdle led them to their first winning season and playoff appearance since 1992. He was named the NL Manager of the Year that season.
Hurdle in 2012
|Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 13|
|Outfielder / Manager|
|Born: July 30, 1957|
Big Rapids, Michigan
|September 18, 1977, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 26, 1987, for the New York Mets|
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(through April 10, 2019)
|Runs batted in||193|
|Career highlights and awards|
Clint Hurdle is named for his father, Clinton, who played collegiate baseball for Ferris State University. When Hurdle was four years old, the family moved from Michigan to Florida so his father could take a job at the Kennedy Space Center. Hurdle graduated from Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida. He received a scholarship from the University of Miami to play college baseball and college football as a quarterback, and was accepted to Harvard University as well, but declined both to play professional baseball instead.
Hurdle has been divorced twice; in addition to daughter Ashley (born 1985) from a previous marriage, Clint and third wife Karla (married 1999) have two children together, daughter Madison (who was born in 2002 with Prader-Willi Syndrome) and son Christian (born 2004). Hurdle is a recovering alcoholic and an advocate of Alcoholics Anonymous and other addiction treatment programs as well as for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. Janalee Heinemann, director of research and medical affairs for Prader-Willi Syndrome Association USA, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “For a lot of people, it takes time to regroup and think through things, but from the time [Madison] was a newborn, he was willing to be honest and say what she had and spread awareness. A lot of people in his position would just say, ‘I'm going to the best doctors and am doing this all privately,' because they can, but it wasn't enough to just help his kid. He wanted to help all kids.”
The Kansas City Royals selected Hurdle in the first round, with the ninth overall selection, of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Royals, receiving a $50,000 signing bonus. He made his major league debut with the Royals in 1977, and in 1978 was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 20 with the headline: "This Year's Phenom."
Hurdle played for the Royals through 1981, but never achieved the level of play suggested by his high draft position. Playing regularly only in 1978 and 1980, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in December 1981, and after spending 1982 with the Reds, went on waivers to join the New York Mets (1983, 1985) and St. Louis Cardinals (1986) before ending his career with the Mets in 1987. In addition to right field, during his career he also played first base, third base, catcher, and designated hitter.
Hurdle also played three different seasons of winter ball for Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. In his first season, 1977–78, he led the league in home runs (18) while batting .305 with 52 RBIs. He played again in 1979-80 and 1983-84. He led the Venezuelan league in walks all three seasons he played there.
After ending his playing career in 1987, Hurdle began his managerial career the next year when he was named Manager of the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 1988. He also served as Manager for the Jackson Mets of the Class AA Texas League (1990), Williamsport Bills of the Class AA Eastern League (1991), and the Tidewater/Norfolk Tides of the Class AAA International League (1992–1993).
In 1994 he joined the Colorado Rockies organization as the minor league hitting instructor, serving in that capacity until he was named the Rockies hitting coach in 1997. Hurdle was promoted to Manager in 2002 following the early-season firing of Buddy Bell. On April 2, 2006, he was given a two-year contract extension. In 2007, Hurdle managed Colorado to a record of 90-73, their best finish in the team's 15-year history; they won 13 of their last 14 games in order to force a tie-breaker game with the San Diego Padres to determine the winner of the National League Wild Card. Colorado defeated San Diego, reaching the playoffs for only the second time in Rockies history. Hurdle's Rockies then beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the Division Series, sweeping them in three games to force a match-up with their rival Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. The Rockies continued their improbable streak by sweeping Arizona in four games to win the first pennant in team history and reach the 2007 World Series.
In the World Series, Colorado faced the Boston Red Sox. But the winning ways came to an end, and the Rockies were swept in four games. Injuries to several regulars caused the Rockies to fade in 2008, and after a poor start in 2009, Hurdle was fired on May 29. Although Hurdle was offered a "significant role" within the Rockies organization, he decided to join the MLB Network as a studio analyst for the remainder of 2009. He finished with a 534–625 win–loss record.
On November 4, 2009, he was hired as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. The Rangers hoped that Hurdle could connect with Josh Hamilton, who also suffered from substance abuse. In 2010, Hurdle helped the Rangers to their first American League pennant in franchise history before losing to the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 World Series.
After interviewing with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets for their vacant managerial positions, Hurdle was hired by the Pirates on November 14, 2010, six weeks after John Russell had been fired, though much of the delay was attributed to the rule that the Pirates could not interview him until after the Rangers' World Series run.
At the 2011 All-Star break, Hurdle had led the Pirates to a 47–43 record, one game out of first place in the NL Central. It was the first time the Pirates had been over .500 going into the All-Star break since winning the 1992 National League East. At the 2012 All-Star break, Hurdle had led the Pirates to a 48–37 record, leading the NL Central division by 1 game over the Cincinnati Reds. However, both seasons ended with collapses that led to the Pirates 19th and 20th straight losing seasons.
During parts of the 2013 season, the Pirates led the National League Central, with the best record in the major leagues, again aiming to snap the franchise's long losing streak. On September 9, 2013 with a 1–0 win over the Texas Rangers Clint Hurdle's Pittsburgh Pirates attained win number 82. On September 23, 2013 with a 2–1 win over the Chicago Cubs and a win by the St. Louis Cardinals over the Washington Nationals, the Pittsburgh Pirates secured their first playoff berth since 1992 as well as their 90th win. Under Hurdle, the Pirates would finish the 2013 season with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses, 3 games behind the NL Central division winning Cardinals. In the playoffs, the Pirates won the 2013 National League Wild Card Game against the Reds but would lose the deciding game 5 against the Cardinals in the 2013 National League Division Series. Hurdle won the National League Sporting News Manager of the Year Award in 2013.
In 2014, the Pirates would again clinch a playoff berth with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses to make a second straight appearance in the Wild Card game. The Pirates lost the 2014 National League Wild Card Game to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
In 2015 the Pirates again made the postseason as one of the National League wild card teams with a 98–64 record, the second best record of any team that season. The Pirates lost the 2015 National League Wild Card Game to the Chicago Cubs.
In 2016 the Pirates missed the postseason for the first time since 2012 with a 78–83 record.
In 2017 the Pirates missed the postseason for the second season in a row with a 75–87 record.
In 2018 the Pirates missed the postseason for the third season in a row but finished for the first time since 2015 with a winning record of 82–79.
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Hurdle was well-read, a former honor student from Florida's Atlantic coast who received all A's in high school except for one B -- in driver's ed. He was accepted at Harvard but instead chose baseball, where he would come to find that a little wisdom can go a long way.
Hurdle volunteers that he is still involved with Alcoholics Anonymous, preaches the benefits of therapy and, yes, expresses how much he loves his wife. Such subjects usually go unbroached in baseball. Hurdle doesn't care.
The Cincinnati Reds' 1982 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Reds finishing in sixth place in the National League West, with a record of 61-101, 28 games behind of the Atlanta Braves. The Reds played their home games at Riverfront Stadium. John McNamara managed the club to a 34-58 start before being replaced in late-July by Russ Nixon, who compiled a 27-43 record the rest of the year. 1982 was the first time that the Reds finished in last place since 1937, as well as their first losing season since 1971, the team's first full season at Riverfront. It was also the 1st and as of 2018, the only 100 loss season in franchise history.1983 New York Mets season
The New York Mets' 1983 season was the 22nd regular season for the Mets. They went 68–94 and finished in sixth place in the National League East. They were managed by George Bamberger and Frank Howard. They played home games at Shea Stadium.1986 St. Louis Cardinals season
The 1986 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 105th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 95th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 79-82 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.1987 New York Mets season
The New York Mets' 1987 season was the 26th regular season for the Mets. They went 92-70 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. The team played home games at Shea Stadium.2002 Colorado Rockies season
The Colorado Rockies' 2002 season was the tenth for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Buddy Bell and Clint Hurdle were the managers, the latter replacing the former after the former was fired. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 73-89, 4th in the NL West.2004 Colorado Rockies season
The Colorado Rockies' 2004 season was the 12th for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Clint Hurdle was the manager. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 68-94, 4th in the NL West.2005 Colorado Rockies season
The Colorado Rockies' 2005 season was the 13th for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Clint Hurdle was the manager. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 67-95, last in the NL West.2006 Colorado Rockies season
The Colorado Rockies' 2006 season was the 14th for the Rockies. They competed in the National League West finishing with a record of 76–86 and tied for 4th place in the division. Clint Hurdle was the manager. They played home games at Coors Field.2013 National League Wild Card Game
The 2013 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2013. The Pirates won by a 6–2 score and advanced to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series. The game was televised on TBS, and was also broadcast on ESPN Radio.The game marked the first postseason appearance by the Pirates since 1992 and the Pirates' victory gave the team their first postseason series win since the 1979 World Series. This was the third postseason appearance for the Reds in four seasons. It was the sixth postseason meeting between the Pirates and Reds (the others being in the NLCS in 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979, and 1990). Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made his first postseason appearance since competing in the 2007 World Series as manager of the Colorado Rockies, while Dusty Baker fell to 0–3 in postseason appearances as manager of the Reds, a position from which he was relieved three days after the loss. The loss continued the Reds' postseason win drought, active since their last World Series championship in 1990.Brad Fischer
Bradley James Fischer (born June 28, 1956, in Blissfield, Michigan) is an American professional baseball coach and former player development executive, minor league player and manager. He is a former coach for the Oakland Athletics (1995–2007 and Milwaukee Brewers (2009–2010).
In 2015 he coached in the Major Leagues on the Pittsburgh Pirates' staff, working under skipper Clint Hurdle. At the end of the 2016 season, Fischer was bumped off the coaching staff and offered a job on the Pirates' player development staff, and as of October 29, 2016 had not accepted that position.
Fischer lives in McFarland, Wisconsin.Clint
Clint is both a given name and a surname. Notable people with the name include:
Clint Alberta (1970–2002), Canadian filmmaker
Clint Albright (1926–1999), Canadian ice hockey player
Clint Alfino (born 1968), South African baseball player
Clint Amos (born 1983), Australian rugby league player
Clint Auty (born 1969), Australian cricketer
Clint Bajada (born 1982), Maltese presenter
Clint Barmes (born 1979), American baseball player
Clint Benedict (born 1892), Canadian ice hockey goaltender
Clint Black (born 1962), American country singer and musician
Clint Boon (born 1959), English musician and radio presenter
Clint Bowyer (born 1979), NASCAR racecar driver
Clint Capela (born 1994), Swiss basketball player
Clint Catalyst (born 1971), author, actor, model, and spoken word performer
Clint Daniels (born 1974), American singer
Clint Dempsey (born 1983), American soccer player
Clint Eastwood (born 1930), American actor and director
Clint Fagan (born 1952), American baseball umpire
Clint Ford (born 1976), American voiceover artist and actor
Clint Formby (1923–2010), American radio personality
Clint Frazier (born 1994), American baseball player
Clint Freeman (born 1973), Australian archer
Clint Hill (disambiguation)
Clint Holmes (born 1946), American singer and entertainer
Clint Howard (born 1959), American actor
Clint Hurdle (born 1957), American baseball manager
Clint Arlen Lauderdale (1932–2009), American diplomat
Clint Malarchuk (born 1961), Canadian ice hockey player
Clint Mansell (born 1963), English musician and composer
Clint McElroy (born 1955), American podcaster and former radio personality
Clint McKay (born 1983), Australian cricketer
Clint Robinson (baseball) (born 1985), American baseball player
Clint Robinson (canoeist) (born 1972), Austrian canoeist
Clint Stickdorn (born 1982), American football player
Clint Trickett (born 1991), American football player
Clint Walker (1927–2018), American actor and singerSurname:
Alfred Clint (1807–1883), English marine painter
Edmund Thomas Clint (born 1976), Indian artistic child prodigy
George Clint (1770–1854), English portrait painter and engraver
Scipio Clint (1805–1889), English medallist and seal-engraverDave Jauss
David Patrick Jauss (born January 16, 1957) is an American professional baseball coach and scout who is currently on the Major League coaching staff of Pittsburgh Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle.List of Colorado Rockies managers
The Colorado Rockies are members of Major League Baseball (MLB) and based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies have had seven managers since their founding in 1993. The Rockies first manager was Don Baylor, who led the team for six seasons and qualified for the playoffs once. Former manager Clint Hurdle led the franchise in wins and losses; Hurdle led the Rockies to the playoffs in 2007 in which the franchise was defeated in the World Series.List of Pittsburgh Pirates managers
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the National League Central division. The team began play in 1882 as the Alleghenies (alternatively spelled "Alleghenys") in the American Association. The franchise moved to the National League after owner William Nimick became upset over a contract dispute, thus beginning the modern day franchise. The team currently plays home games at PNC Park which they moved into in 2001. Prior to PNC Park, the Pirates played games at Three Rivers Stadium and Forbes Field, among other stadiums.There have been 46 managers for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. The Pirates' first manager upon joining the National League was Horace Phillips, who had coached the team before their move to the National League. In 1900, Fred Clarke began his tenure with the franchise. Clarke's 1422 victories and 969 losses lead all managers of the Pirates in their respective categories, Clarke also had the longest tenure as manager in his 16 years in the position. Clarke managed the franchise to its first World Series victory, a feat that would also be accomplished by Bill McKechnie, Danny Murtaugh, and Chuck Tanner. Thirteen Pirates managers have been player-managers—those who take on simultaneous roles as a player and manager. McKechnie, Connie Mack, and Ned Hanlon were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as managers. Five Pirates managers were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their performance as players. Billy Meyer's number 1, Pie Traynor's number 20, Honus Wagner's number 33, and Murtaugh's number 40 have been retired by the franchise. Hired before the 2011 season, the Pirates' current manager is Clint Hurdle.Norfolk Tides
The Norfolk Tides are a professional minor league baseball team in the Triple-A International League. They play at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Since 2007 they have been a farm team of the Baltimore Orioles; prior to that, they had a 38-year affiliation with the New York Mets.Ray Searage
Raymond Mark Searage (born May 1, 1955) is a former relief pitcher who played for the New York Mets (1981), Milwaukee Brewers (1984–1986), Chicago White Sox (1986–1987) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1989–1990). He is currently the pitching coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 7 seasons he had an 11–13 win-loss record with a 3.50 ERA. He appeared in 254 games, pitched 287 ⅔ innings, finished 101 games, and garnered 11 saves. Searage allowed 267 hits, 120 runs, 112 earned runs, 22 home runs, 137 walks (23 intentional), 193 strikeouts, hit 3 batters, made 14 wild pitches, faced 1,242 batters, and balked twice.
He played college baseball at West Liberty State College, and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976. In December 1979, he was traded to the New York Mets for Jody Davis. In his brief tenure with the Mets in 1981, he had a 1–0 career record and went 1 for 1 in his only at bat, making him the only Met in history to have a 100% winning percentage and a 1.000 batting average. While with the Brewers, he had a streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings pitched from 1984 to 1985, which tied a team record. He then played for the White Sox and Dodgers until 1990.
He was the pitching coach for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. On October 17, 2009 he was promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates and was named interim pitching coach for the Pirates in August 2010. After Clint Hurdle was named manager, Searage was named full-time pitching coach.Rick Sofield
Richard Michael Sofield (born December 16, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He was the Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach from 2013 to 2016 and was the manager of their Class-A South Atlantic League team the West Virginia Power during the 2012 season.
A first round draft pick (13th overall) of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft, Sofield played for the Minnesota Twins from 1979 to 1981, appearing in 207 games and recording 612 at bats for a career average of .243.
After his playing career ended, he became the assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina and later the head coach at the University of Utah (1988 to 1994). After leaving Utah, he was a minor league manager for the Harrisburg Senators, Las Vegas 51s, and Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
He has been the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and worked extensively with Baseball Factory, a player development and scouting service. His final day with USCB was Monday, November 14, 2011. Sofield's record with the NAIA Sand Sharks over three seasons is 101–56. In 2011, USCB was ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25, the highest spot in program history.Sofield and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle first met in 1975 in the minor leagues and have stayed friends ever since. Sofield also previously worked with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, assistant general manager Kyle Stark, Triple-A Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor, and pitching coordinator Jim Benedict. He served as a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates under Hurdle from 2013 to 2016 In February 2018, Rick accepted the head varsity coaching position at Hilton Head Preparatory School, in HHI, SC.Ron Gideon
Ronnie Dwayne Gideon (born January 13, 1964, in Tyler, Texas) is an American professional baseball coach and manager. In 2017, he will spend his first season in Major League Baseball on the coaching staff of Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black.In his playing days (1984–90), Gideon was a first baseman and pitcher in the minor league organizations of the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. He batted .250 over his career—slugging 25 home runs in his best season, 1987 with the Class A Lynchburg Mets—and losing four of five decisions with an earned run average of 2.97 on the mound. He threw and batted left-handed, standing 6 feet 2 inches (1.9 m) tall and weighing 200 pounds (91 kg).Gideon became a coach and instructor in the Mets' system after his retirement as a player, and managed in the minor leagues from 1993 to 2005, joining the Rockies' system in 1996. He managed at every level but Triple-A before moving to the field coordinator of instruction post for the Rockies in 2006. On May 29, 2009, Gideon was also named manager of the Tulsa Drillers of the Double-A Texas League, part of a chain reaction of promotions in the Rockies' organization that followed the firing of Colorado pilot Clint Hurdle. Hurdle was replaced by Jim Tracy as Colorado's MLB manager, Triple-A skipper Tom Runnells became Tracy's bench coach, Tulsa manager Stu Cole took over Runnells' Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and Gideon took the reins in Tulsa.
During the 2010 baseball season, Gideon continued to hold the twin posts of Tulsa manager and field coordinator, but was strictly the Rockies' field coordinator in 2011–12. In 2013, he was named the "development supervisor " of the Rockies' Short Season-A affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils. In February 2013, the Rockies announced an innovation to their minor league system, appointing a development supervisor at all levels of their organization; Gideon's role as player development supervisor was to "work with the manager, staffs and players to make sure that the Rockies' development philosophies are being carried out and communication and team building take place."Gideon now lives in Hallsville, Texas with his family.Williamsport Bills
The Williamsport Bills were a Class AA Eastern League baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, and New York Mets from 1987 to 1991 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in the United States. They played their games in Bowman Field, which is currently home to the Williamsport Crosscutters, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in the short season Class A New York–Penn League.
The Bills began playing in 1987 as the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, became an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in 1989, and played their final season in 1991 as part of the New York Mets organization. Over their five-season history, the Bills did not win an Eastern League championship. Notable former Bills players and managers include Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who would go on to manage the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series, Mike Hargrove, who managed the Cleveland Indians in the World Series in 1995 and 1997, Turner Gill, former Nebraska quarterback and former head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, two-time All-Star Tino Martinez, and Dave Bresnahan who was ejected from a game for throwing a potato into left field during a faked pick-off of a runner at third base.
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