Less than 18 months from an amazing September run and a World Series appearance, Clint Hurdle is out as Rockies manager and is replaced by Jim Tracy.
From the Rockies website:
The Colorado Rockies announced Friday that Clint Hurdle has been offered a new position in the Rockies organization after being relieved of his duties as field manager of the club. Jim Tracy will serve as manager for the remainder of the 2009 season.
"As a member of our organization for 16 years, the last seven as our Major League manger, Clint's character, integrity and knowledge has had a tremendous impact not only on our organization but our entire community," said Executive Vice President, General Manager Dan O'Dowd. "Clint has been offered a significant role within our organization, and it is our hope that he accepts it."
Clint's a good guy and full of humility, so I hope he remains in the organization.
And hey, if Jim Tracy doesn't work out, the Rockies still have Don Baylor on their staff.
Hurdle was probably on his way to a firing two years ago before Colorado went on their miracle run, so he got 1.5 extra years of employment out of that one great month. Not a bad deal. Wouldn't be surprised to see him manage another team in the near future.
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Originally posted by dWsAnd hey, if Jim Tracy doesn't work out...
I don't think Clint Hurdle did that poor of a job and, all things considered, I would have thought a World Series run just two short years ago would have bought him more time. He did the best he could with what he was given and with his best player traded away in the offseason, he wasn't given much.
He'll be back. If Jim Tracy can be given multiple chances to fall on his face, Clint Hurdle can find work again.
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Oh, don't get wrong. He's not so good right now. He focuses too much on Ks and tries to get everyone out - usually taking 5-7 pitches per AB - and he has a lot of walks. Still, he's young, left-handed, and has some wicked pitches.