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Clint Hurdle to be the new Pittsburgh Pirate manager

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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.