Going Campy, Feb. 18: Hurdle’s contract extended

Clint Hurdle will get an extended chance to see through the rebirth of the Pirates, who will soon announce an extension to his contract as manager.

Hurdle, 55, is approaching the final year of the three-year contract he’d signed in November 2010 and will have one season added to that deal, with an option for 2015.

The club did not have a comment on the extension, which was confirmed by an MLB source, but is expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday to coincide with chairman Bob Nutting’s annual visit to the Pirate City Spring Training camp.

“We have been in discussion,” Hurdle said following Monday’s workouts, calling the extension “empowering” and sounding like indeed it is a done deal.

“We love Pittsburgh, absolutely,” Hurdle said, including wife and kids in that sentiment. “This is your opportunity to be a small part of a group accomplishing a goal. From the first day I took this job, I said I wanted to reconnect the city with its baseball team.

“There’s still unfinished business, we haven’t yet gotten where we want to get, but I think we did re-ignite the fanbase to some degree.”

Hurdle’s Pirates reached a peak of 16 games over .500 last season, when they sported a winning record for a stretch of 107 days through Sept. 18, though ultimately finished with a losing record for a 20th consecutive season.

However, the 79 wins marked an improvement over the 72 wins of 2011, which came following 105 losses in the season prior to Hurdle’s appointment.

 Finish? Hurdle will get a shot to live up to his own buzzword. 

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