Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain with the Buccos through the 2021 season. His current contract was to end this year, though there was a 2018 team option.
Hurdle has been with the Pirates since 2011 and has gone 574-534. When he took over, the Pirates hadn’t had a winning season in 19 years. They won 94 games in his third season at the helm and 98 two seasons after that. They’ve won the Wild Card three times in their seven seasons, losing in the Division Series in 2013 and losing in the Wild Card game in 2014 and 2015. Hurdle won the Manager of the Year Award in 2013.
Here are Hurdle’s comments about the extension:
“I’m going to wait on the organization to get everything they need to get in place. I’ve made it clear from the beginning that a contract would work out when it was meant to work out. I love working here. I love working in this organization. I’m proud to be a Pirate, have been proud to be a Pirate. I want to do everything I can to get an opportunity to continue to move forward and bring a world championship to this city. The players in there, we’re in a good place. The staff in there, we’re in a good place. It would be humbling.”