Pirates extend skipper's contract

Pittsburgh Pirates
Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-22 06:58:23-04


BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle have officially agreed to a contract extension that runs through at least the end of the 2014 season.


Terms were not disclosed but the deal includes a club option for 2015. The 55-year-old was in the final season of a three-year contract he signed in December 2010 when he replaced John Russell.


Pittsburgh had the worst record in baseball the year before Hurdle arrived but has improved its record in each of the last two seasons.


The Pirates are 151-173 in two seasons under Hurdle, including a 79-83 mark last year that tied for the franchise's best record in two decades.