Pittsburgh Pirates, Clint Hurdle agree to contract extension

02/19/2013 2:44 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Clint Hurdle led the Pirates to a 79-83 finish in 2012, their best mark since 1997.(AP)
The Pittsburgh Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle have officially agreed to a contract extension that runs at least through the end of the 2014 season. The deal also includes a club option for 2015, but financials and other terms of the deal have not fully been disclosed.

Hurdle was hired by the Pirates following the 2010 season, and he is 151-173 in two seasons with the club. In 2011, the 55-year-old led the team to a fifteen-win improvement over John Russell's last season as manager in 2010, and he finished sixth in National League Manager of the Year voting that season.

Last year, Hurdle led the Pirates to another seven-win improvement, with their 79-83 record marking the best finish by a Pittsburgh squad since the 1997 team finished with that exact record, and they came just a few wins shy of giving the team its first winning season since 1992.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to continue and finish what we started,” Hurdle said. “There's no place I would rather be than in a Pirates uniform.”

“Clint's leadership, infectious positive energy, passion and knowledge transcend the clubhouse,” Pirates General manager Neal Huntington said. “We believe he is the right man to help us return championship-caliber baseball to Pittsburgh.”

Hurdle has a career record of 685-798 in 10 seasons with Colorado and Pittsburgh. He managed the Rockies to their only World Series appearance in 2007, and finished third in the NL Manager of the Year voting that season.

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