Hurdle Optimistic About Pirates Pitching

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The FAN Morning Show caught up with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle at the PirateFest media luncheon.

Hurdle recalled the questions he had for the organization while he was interviewing for the managerial job. He wanted to know the front office had a commitment to winning, the status of general manager Neil Huntington with one year left on his contract, and if Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Bob Nutting were “all connected together.”

Hurdle is also trying to create a new mindset for his staff and players. He wants the team to focus on what is happening on the field, instead of what people outside the organization are saying.

Hurdle thinks there is a good core of offensive players and is very optimistic about the young pitching.

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  • Geno

    Obviously Hurdle hasn’t been around here very long. The Nuttings will destroy any hope or optimism, as they have for all the Pirate fans. There is absolutely no reason for hope considering the changes (or lack thereof) made during the winter.

  • Dan

    Wow the pirates rotation is going to be great this year… I cant wait to watch 5 number 5 staters. What a joke

  • Bucs Fan

    Geno & Dan, why are you reading this article if all you are going to do is whine and complain about the pirates? what makes you think a top-notch starter would want to come to a losing team in pittsburgh over a winning club in new york, boston, or philadelphia? give credit to huntington for making the most of a very weak free agent pitching market. give credit to hurdle for being so headstrong and optimistic, unlike recent past managers (russell, tracy, mcclendon). geno, how much more change do you want? diaz, overbay, olsen, correia, rodriguez, beimel? it would be nice to see the pirate fans act as the new members of the organzation are right now. i’m tired of hearing pirate fans constantly bash the organization, and are so impatient of all the losing because we are so spoiled by the penguins, steelers, and pitt. how about you come out to the ballpark with some optimism and watch this team grow. because im sure two years from now when their is an article on here about the pirates playoff berth you’ll be on here “i was right with them all along! never doubted!” this is not just directed toward you two but all of the whiny bucco nation. go bucs!

    • Dan

      I really hope you are right and i know we have a nice group of young players but those players that were named are not pitchers and pitchers win championships as we can see from last year with the last four teams left being the four best pitching staffs in baseball. And I understand what you are saying about philly, new york, and boston but when organizations like tampa were able to get all that they got and turn their team around and washington and milwaukee are making a push to do now why wouldnt anyone be willing to come to pittsburgh especially after how well our fans are known for sports.

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  • Geno

    BUCS FAN, If my impatience is measured in decades instead of years, you are right. It’s only been two (2) decades since Pittsburgh has had a winning season. An entire generation has grown into adulthood without experiencing a winning season let alone the excitement of a pennant race. This team is committed to making money not a winning team. Of course they want to win but they don’t want to lose money in the process. The Nuttings will never spend the money necessary to field a winning team let alone a contender. Oh, by the way, I was a season ticket holder at Three Rivers and PNC Park. I’ve experienced the thrill of victory. It’s not going to happed again. Not in two years. Not in five years with this ownership group.

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