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Clint Hurdle: Pittsburgh Pirates Next Manager?

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Texas Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle has interviewed for both the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates managerial positions so far this offseason. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates are moving quickly to hire Hurdle to be the next manager of the rebuilding Pirates, with one of Rosenthal's sources saying that it's "moving at a rapid pace."

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Hurdle last managed in 2009 with the Rockies. He was hired in 2002, led the Rockies to the National League pennant in 2007 before being fired after a dismal start to the 2009 season. He was hired by the Rangers last November and was part of the staff that led the Rangers to their first American League pennant in franchise history.

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Hurdle was unable to interview for any vacancies until the Rangers season was over. A report surfaced from the New York Post earlier today that Hurdle was one of the three favorites for the Mets managerial position along with Bob Melvin and Terry Collins. It appears that the Pirates are going to beat the Mets to the punch on hiring Hurdle.

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