PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pirates’ season may have ended a little bit too soon, but the awards continue to pile up.
Today, the Sporting News named Clint Hurdle as the National League Manager of the Year.
A year ago, the Pirates looked like they would break their streak of consecutive losing seasons, but ultimately fell short and finished with a 79-83 record.
This year, the Pirates went on a tear leaving little doubt that the losing streak would soon be a thing of the past. Hurdle guided the team to a 94-68 record, which was good enough to earn home field advantage in a winner-take-all Wild Card matchup with the Reds.
Pittsburgh would go on to win the game 6-2 before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
The team’s 3.27 ERA was third in the league, but their 55 saves were tops in the league.
Needless to say, this was a big step forward for the franchise this season.
John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox was named as the American League Manager of the Year by leading the team to the best record in baseball (97-65) and a berth in the World Series.
On Monday, Francisco Liriano was named as Sporting News’ Comeback Player of the Year.