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Clint Hurdle

Texas Rangers
Outfielder / Manager
Born: July 30, 1957 (1957-07-30) (age 52)
Big Rapids, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 18, 1977 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
June 26, 1987 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Batting average     .259
Home runs     32
Runs batted in     193

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957, in Big Rapids, Michigan) is the current hitting coach for the Texas Rangers, He is also a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and the former manager of the National League's Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball, having held that position from April 26, 2002, to May 29, 2009. Since his release, Hurdle was offered a "significant role" within the Rockies organization[1] but joined MLB Network as an studio analyst for the remainder of 2009. During the 09-10 offseason Hurdle was hired as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.


Personal life

Clint is named for his father, Clinton Sr., who played collegiate baseball for Ferris State University. When Clint was 4 years old, the family moved from Michigan to Florida so Clint Sr. could take a job at the Kennedy Space Center.[2] Clint is a 1975 graduate of Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida.

Hurdle is married with three children; a daughter with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a son, and a daughter from a previous marriage.[3]

Baseball career


Playing career

After being selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 9th pick of the first round in the 1975 amateur draft, Hurdle played for the Royals from 1977 to 1981, but never achieved the level of play suggested by his high draft position. Playing regularly only in 1978 and 1980, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in December 1981, and after spending 1982 with the Reds, went on waivers to join the New York Mets (1983, 1985) and St. Louis Cardinals (1986) before ending his career with the Mets in 1987. Hurdle had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978 as that year's "phenom." Throughout his career, he also played first base, third base, catcher and designated hitter.

Hurdle also played in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during three different seasons. In his first season, 1977-78, he led the league in home runs (18) while batting .305 with 52 RBIs. He played again in 1979 and 1983. In all three times he led the league in walks while playing for the local team Tiburones de La Guaira [4][5]

Post-playing career

Clint Hurdle walking back to the dugout

Hurdle began his managerial career the next year, when he was named Manager of the St. Lucie Mets, a Class "A" team, in 1988. He also served as Manager for the AA Jackson Mets (1990-1991), and the AAA Tidewater/Norfolk Tides (1992-1993). In 1994 he joined the Colorado Rockies organization as the minor league hitting instructor; serving in that capacity until he was named the Rockies hitting coach in 1997. Hurdle was promoted to Manager in 2002 following the early-season firing of Buddy Bell.

On April 2, 2006, he was given a two-year contract extension.[6]

In 2007, Hurdle managed Colorado to their second best finish ever(only topped by the 2009 season) in the team's 15-year history by winning the last 14 out of 15 games in order to force a tie-breaker game with the San Diego Padres to determine the winner of the National League Wild Card. Colorado defeated San Diego, reaching the playoffs for only the second time in Rockies history. Hurdle's Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the Division Series, sweeping them in three games to force a match up with their rival Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. The Rockies continued their improbable streak by sweeping Arizona in four games to win the first pennant in team history and reach the 2007 World Series. In the World Series, Colorado faced the Boston Red Sox. The Rockies lost for the first time in the 2007 postseason in game one and were ultimately swept in four games.

Injuries to several regulars caused the Rockies to fade in 2008 and after a poor start in 2009, Hurdle was fired on May 29. He was hired by the MLB Network as a studio analyst shortly after he was fired.

On November 4, it was announced that he will become hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.[7]

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
COL 2002 67 73 .479 4th in NL West - - - -
COL 2003 74 88 .457 4th in NL West - - - -
COL 2004 68 94 .420 4th in NL West - - - -
COL 2005 67 95 .414 5th in NL West - - - -
COL 2006 76 86 .469 4th in NL West - - - -
COL 2007 90 73 .552 2nd in NL West 7 4 .636 Lost in World Series
COL 2008 74 88 .457 3rd in NL West - - - -
COL 2009 18 28 .391 5th in NL West - - - Fired after 18-28 start
Total 534 625 .457 - 7 4 .636 1 league Championship

See also


  1. ^ The Ride Home with Dave and Lois, 850KOA radio, 5/29/09
  2. ^ Arangue, Jorge (2007-10-23). "From rocky past to Rockies success". Retrieved 2007-10-24.  
  3. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (2007-09-12). "Clint Hurdle balances family concerns with baseball". Retrieved 2007-10-20.  
  4. ^ "SI Flashback: This Year's Phenom".  
  5. ^ "Francona y Hurdle son producto del Caribe".  
  6. ^ Harding, Thomas (2007-04-07). "O'Dowd, Hurdle extended for two years". Retrieved 2007-04-19.  
  7. ^

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Preceded by
first manager
St. Lucie Mets Manager
Succeeded by
Tim Blackwell
Preceded by
Steve Swisher
Jackson Mets Manager
Succeeded by
last manager
Preceded by
first manager
Williamsport Bills Manager
Succeeded by
last manager
Preceded by
Steve Swisher
Tidewater Tides Manager
Succeeded by
Bobby Valentine
Preceded by
Ken Griffey Sr.
Colorado Rockies Hitting Coach
Succeeded by
Alan Cockrell
Preceded by
Buddy Bell
Colorado Rockies Manager
April 26, 2002-May 29, 2009
Succeeded by
Jim Tracy


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