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Nov 14, 2010 6:46 PM by Jordan Mason

Pirates to hire Hurdle as manager on Monday

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates will introduce former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle as their new manager at a news conference Monday.

Hurdle, the batting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, will replace John Russell, who was fired the day after the Pirates completed a 105-loss season - their worst in 58 years and their
18th consecutive losing season.

Russell's 299 losses in three seasons matched the most in the club's 123-season history.

The Pirates interviewed eight candidates, but only Hurdle and longtime Pirates minor league field coordinator Jeff Banister remained in the running. Banister's scant major league experience -
two months as the Pirates' interim bench coach this past season - was a major drawback.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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