Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Energized Clint Hurdle's Personal Comeback Began with the Texas Rangers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Energized Clint Hurdle's Personal Comeback Began with the Texas Rangers

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are the most compelling story in baseball. They have ended the longest streak of futility in North American team sports by guaranteeing their first winning record since 1992.

The sea-change development for the Pirates took place in 2010. In that season, Clint Hurdle regained his enthusiasm for the game while serving as the Rangers' hitting coach.

The same booming and upbeat energy that Hurdle contributed to the Rangers' unexpected run to the World Series has marked his three seasons as Pirates manager. He's got the club headed to the playoffs, possibly as the National League Central champion.

"I'm excited to be coming back."

Said Hurdle in a telephone conversation: "That was one of my favorite seasons in the game, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the quality of people I was able to work with: ownership, the front office, Ron Washington, the coaches and players.

"We were able to do something that hadn't been done. It was very humbling to be part of a small group of men that were able to make a difference and bring a lot of joy."

In 2010, Hurdle needed the Rangers as much as they needed him.

On May 28, 2009, Colorado fired Hurdle as manager. Hurdle had gotten the underdog Rockies to the World Series in 2007, but that carried no influence.

The Rockies' decision stung Hurdle. For the first time since 1974, Hurdle spent a summer out of uniform. His closest involvement with the game was television work.

Several teams contacted Hurdle in the off-season about jobs, but nothing struck him. That changed when the Rangers called about replacing hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who had gone to the Chicago Cubs.

The chance to work with Rangers manager Ron Washington, with whom Hurdle had a relationship from their time in the New York Mets' organization, was appealing. Within 72 hours, Hurdle and the Rangers had a deal. …

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