Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is in the midst of his second spring training with the club. Last year, the Bucs had the town buzzing with their hot start, only to fade in the second half of the season. If the Pirates are going to contend in 2012, improvement must come from several areas. While spring training statistics don't necessarily translate to the regular season, Hurdle must be feeling a little better about his team's development.
Here are four reasons to feel optimistic about the 2012 version of the Pittsburgh Pirates.