Pirates Dismiss Manager Clint Hurdle After 9 Seasons

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (10372567d)

For the first time since 2010, the Pirates will be looking for a new manager to lead the team. After finishing 69-93, their worst record since going 57-105 in 2010, the front office decided it is time for a new leader in Pittsburgh.

Although Hurdle is leaving before his contract is up, there is no denying that he did an incredible job in his 9 seasons in Pittsburgh. He led the Pirates to the playoffs 3 years in a row (2013-15), ending a 20 year playoff drought. Hurdle finishes with a 735-720 record, good for 4th most wins all-time in an organization well over 100 years old.

Despite the 3 years of success, the Pirates have only had one winning season since 2015, and the problems in the clubhouse have added up over the years. Players requesting trades, clubhouse fights, and closer Felipe Vasquez getting arrested, all combined with low attendance and the 2nd half collapse, will lead to many changes this offseason.