Tag:Nick Leyva
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:23 am
 

Hurdle defends aggressive play

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Clint HurdleClint Hurdle was still defending his player and third base coach a day after Andrew McCutchen was thrown out to end Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

While it was certainly an unconventional play to test Jayson Werth's arm by tagging up on a fly ball down three runs with two out in the ninth, Hurdle said it's exactly what he wants his team to play.

"We're not a conventional team," Hurdle said on Monday according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "That book that everybody reads/ Show me a copy, I'll read it with you. … That book, if you look at the foreword, it says, 'This is a manager's cover-his-backside book. If you stick to this book, you can never be second-guessed. Merry Christmas.' That more or less, is what it's for. My opinion."

I love it.

The book says McCutchen's run was meaningless down three -- and it probably was. But it was a way to get just a little bit closer, to put more pressure on the Nationals. It didn't work, but it was aggressive and used an advantage the Pirates do have -- McCutchen's speed -- to put pressure on the Nationals.

"I expected him to go," Hurdle said. "I would have been more shocked if he hadn't gone. Because one thing I told [third base coach] Nick [Leyva] in spring training is I don't ever want to wonder if he'd have been safe."

That kind of aggressive play is one of the things that have made the Pirates fun to watch this season -- something you haven't been able to say much in the past. The team has some legitimate young talent and can only get better by stretching the limits of their game. Hurdle is empowering them and he's not afraid to take the heat. He took it for Sunday's so-called "blunder" but he'll be responsible when it works the next time.

Playing by the book is boring -- and so often you see silly sacrifice bunts and other such tactics just because it is safe and there's no second-guessing. The Pirates were unlikely to win that game anyway, but Hurdle took a shot. And that's what makes this game great.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 12:46 pm
 

Pirates complete coaching staff


New Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has filled out his coaching staff, adding Luis Silverio as first-base coach and Euclides Rojas as bullpen coach.

Silverio was a long-time employee of the Royals organization, serving as a minor-league coach and manager, major-league coach and most recently working in player development. Rojas is a former bullpen coach for the Red Sox and for the past six years has been a field coordinator for the Pirates.

They join four previously revealed coaches: Ray Searage (pitching), Jeff Banister (bench), Gregg Ritchie (hitting) and Nick Leyva (third base).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 9:13 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Rays' Martinez to interview in Toronto

Add Rays bench coach Dave Martinez to the list interviewing for the Blue Jays' position, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune . That would put the list at 15.

Here's the ever-growing list:
  • Don Baylor, age 61, fired Friday as Rockies hitting coach
  • Tim Bogar, 43, Red Sox third-base coach
  • Brian Butterfield, 52, Jays third-base coach
  • John Farrell, 48, Red Sox pitching coach
  • Sal Fasano, 38, Class A Lansing manager
  • DeMarlo Hale, 49, Red Sox bench coach
  • Nick Leyva, 57, Jays bench coach
  • Bob Melvin, 48, Mets pro scout
  • Rick Renteria, 49, Padres first-base coach
  • Ron Roenicke, 54, Angels bench coach
  • Luis Rivera, 46, manager, Double-A New Hampshire
  • Rob Thomson, 47, Yankees third-base coach
  • Bobby Valentine, 60, ESPN broadcaster
  • Eric Wedge, 42, hired by the Mariners
Martinez, 46, has been Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008. He also played for parts of 16 seasons with the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays and Braves.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports (via Twitter ) that Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed today for the third time. The fact that it's his third interview and his name hadn't surfaced among the 15 others means this is one wide, crazy search. Whoever the Jays end up hiring, it won't be without doing some homework.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:22 am
 

Jays denied permission to interview Wallach

The Dodgers have their new manager and don't seem to want the Blue Jays to be able to do the same.

Los Angeles denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports .

According to Rosenthal, Wallach's contract with the Dodgers allows him to interview with certain teams -- certain other teams other than the Blue Jays.

Wallach did interview with the Brewers, apparently on his list.

Wallach, 53, has managed in the Dodgers' minor-league system the last four years, including the last two at Triple-A. He will be a coach on Don Mattingly's staff with the Dodgers next season if he doesn't get a manager's position elsewhere.

The Blue Jays have reportedly interviewed a long list of candidates, with Rosenthal adding one more, Padres first base coach Rick Renteria. Also reported to have interviewed or on the list to interview include Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, John Farrell, Tim Bogar, DeMarlo Hale, Don Baylor, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Boston coaches interview with Toronto

DeMarlo Hale Add a couple more names into the pool of candidates for the Blue Jays' managerial position -- Red Sox coaches Tim Bogar and DeMarlo Hale.

According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com , Bogar and Hale have "undergone preliminary interviews" with the Blue Jays.

Bogar, third-base coach for the Red Sox, said he met with Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos and assistant GM Tony LaCava last week for 90 minutes.

"I tried to give them a sense of how I handle people and a ballclub," Bogar told McAdam. "It was kind of a 'get-to-know-me' thing -- who you are and what you're about."

Hale (pictured) was previously the team's third-base coach before moving to bench coach for the 2010 season.

The Jays are apparently trying to set a record for most interviews for a managerial position. The list of those interviewed or set to be interviewed includes Bobby Valentine, Don Baylor, Bob Melvin, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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