LISTEN: Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle On Suspensions, Pirates Pitching Reputation

The Pirates Manager also discusses the decision to DFA Jung Ho Kang, some injury updates and more

Matt Harkins
August 02, 2019 - 10:13 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Prior the game Friday night at PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle began his conversation with the media discussing the suspensions that were handed down after the brawl in Cincinnati.

"I've been on the phone, I've shared my thoughts, get an opportunity here to connect with the players a little bit later," said Hurdle. "I think we just need to sit down, process it, the commissioner's office was very descriptive in their definitions why. There's a process that can be in place for player's to appeal, so we'll walk through that together. I'm not in the business of trying to figure all that other out, the commissioner's office, there's a lot going on up there when they got to work through these situations. And they're definitely of the opinion that we need to change to get the focus back on the game and not the fighting that goes on sometimes within the game."

The Pirates seem to be getting a reputation, particularly from Managers' within the NL Central, that they are throwing at opposing batters intentionally.

"The industry in and of itself, has started elevating the baseball and it's encouraged to elevate the baseball," said Hurdle. "I'm in complete agreement, we don't teach people to pitch up and in, we don't throw at people's heads. When that happens, yes, I'm accountable and responsible, I'm not this guy behind the curtains pulling all these levers. Men go out and pitch and we have thrown pitches that have, they look like they're in bad spots, we've also had our fair share of pitches thrown in bad spots."

The Pirates Manager also says they are not going to change their attack plan from their pitchers.

"We're still going to try and be aggressive," said Hurdle."We're giving up a lot of homers, we're not trying to hit people, we're trying to make pitches that are better suited for not hitting homers and we're having some complications along those lines. That's the reality of what's going on, so we're going to continue to work on it and get better at it."

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's entire pregame conversation with the media Friday below:

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