The Pittsburgh Pirates will extend manager Clint Hurdle's contract through the end of the 2014 season, with a club option for 2015, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
An official announcement is expected Tuesday or Wednesday.
“I'm humbled by the fact that we're having a (contract) conversation,” said Hurdle, who declined to comment specifically on the extension. “I've been a manager with a multi-year contract, I've been a manager with a one-year contract and I've been a manager without a contract, which made me a non-manager. So, I'm not getting too far ahead of myself now.”
In two seasons as the team's skipper, Hurdle has a record of 151-173 with two fourth place finishes. The 2011 squad improved by 15 wins over the previous year's team, managed by John Russell. And in 2012, the Pirates won 79 games, the most the franchise had registered in a year since 1992.
But both of Hurdle's teams have been characterized by fast starts and terrible finishes.
In 2011, they were above.500 until Aug. 2. In 2012, they had a winning record until Sept. 19 and seemed like a legitimate wild-card contender much of the season. Last season stung especially hard because Pittsburgh was 16 games over .500 on Aug. 8, and its sub-.500 finish clinched the franchise’s 20th consecutive losing season.
Hurdle managed the Colorado Rockies from 2002 to 2009. In that time, he had only one winning record, in 2007. That team won the NL wild card and advanced to the World Series.
Pirates will extend Clint Hurdle's contract through 2014
Sporting News | Feb 18