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Clint Hurdle to be the new Pittsburgh Pirate manager

Multiple reports are indicating that the Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Texas Ranger hitting coach Clint Hurdle to be their new manager.

Disappointing news, but not surprising.  Hurdle was a fairly well-regarded manager during his time as the Colorado Rockies' manager, and he was in the mix for a couple of jobs this offseason. 

I suspect the Rangers knew when they hired him that there was a good chance he'd only be in place for a season or two.

The Rangers are now going to have to start looking for a new hitting coach.  I have no idea at this point who the candidates might be.