Pirates Extend Huntington, Hurdle’s Contracts

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates say they have inked contract extensions with General Manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle.

According to the team, the extensions are for three years, with club options for the 2018 season.

Huntington was named the Pirates’ senior vice president and general manager in September of 2007.

He rebuilt the team’s farm system into one of the best in baseball. The Pirates have the reigning NL MVP in center fielder Andrew McCutchen and budding homegrown stars in right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and left fielder Starling Marte.

Hurdle was first named the team’s manager in November of 2010.

Last year, he was named the National League Manager of the Year.

Hurdle and Huntington have orchestrated a dramatic turnaround in Pittsburgh. The Pirates had the worst record in the majors in 2010, but have improved in each of Hurdle’s three seasons at the helm.

The Pirates won 94 games in 2013 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

In a statement, Pirates President Frank Coonelly said: “Neal and Clint have led a team of baseball professionals, in the front office and on the field, that has transformed the Pittsburgh Pirates into a club that again must be reckoned with in the National League. We are extremely pleased that they will continue to lead this team in Pittsburgh.”

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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