Pirates Make Right Move by Extending Contracts of Clint Hurdle, Neal Huntington

Ryan GauleCorrespondent IApril 6, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle stands in the dugout before the opening day baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs  in Pittsburgh Monday, March 31, 2014. The Pirates won 1-0 in ten innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates made two very smart moves for the future of their young team Saturday. 

Matt Snyder of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have given both manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington three-year extensions. 

At 56 years old, Hurdle is in his fourth season as Pittsburgh's manager, and he has done an outstanding job unifying his young players and molding them into a winning team. 

He won the 2013 Manager of the Year Award for leading the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 1992. At 94-68, the 2013 Pirates won 15 more games than they did in the previous season, and Hurdle must be recognized for the job he has done. 

At the same time, Huntington must be commended for the job he has done in structuring this franchise from top to bottom. 

Huntington took over the GM position in 2007, and he has been the reason the Pirates have landed stars such as Pedro Alvarez, Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole. 

Thanks in large part to both of these men, the Pirates have gone from the bottom of the barrel to a potential World Series candidate in less than a decade. 

According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, Hurdle was very pleased with the offer the Pirates gave him:

"To know that there is a real and significant commitment on both sides, when the turbulence comes, we'll be bound together and have an opportunity to go farther," Hurdle said. 

Meanwhile, Huntington continues to do a fabulous job in acquiring young players who are blossoming into stars. The latest example is pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, whom the Pirates acquired via a trade with the Boston Red Sox in 2012. 

Simply put, the Pirates are primed for long-term success due to Huntington's commitment to better the team and Hurdle's outstanding efforts in leading his players. 

The Pirates have looked impressive early on in the season, and they are proving themselves to be a potential pick to win the National League Central division in 2014. 

As long as these two men are in office, the Pirates will enjoy great success in the next decade, as a World Series berth could be on the horizon sooner rather than later. 


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