PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will introduce former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle as their new manager at a news conference Monday.
Hurdle, the hitting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season -- the Pirates' worst in 58 years and their record-extending 18th consecutive losing season. Russell lost 299 games in three seasons.
Hurdle, 53, was scheduled to have a second interview with the Mets, the only other club seeking a manager. He apparently decided to take a firm offer from the Pirates -- apparently, for three seasons -- rather than wait to see if he would get the Mets' job.