#Pirates will extend Hurdle thru 2014 with option for 2015
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) February 18, 2013
I don’t think there are too many fans out there who really care for Clint Hurdle all that much, at least not fans who read this site, but it’s hard to argue against this move.
The Pirates have actually been playoff contenders pretty deep into both seasons Hurdle has been at the helm and have improved under him both seasons. Sure, there were epic collapses both years. Sure, there were countless sacrifice bunts. Sure, there were way too many dumb stolen base attempts. Sure, there are hundreds of dollars worth of bubble gum expenses. But in the end, wins and losses are what count, and the Pirates have won more games under Hurdle than previous managers have been able to.