The Pirates announced Tuesday afternoon that the club has extended the contracts of both general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle through the 2021 season. Pirates president Frank Coonelly made the announcement.
"I am extremely pleased to be able to announce that Neal and Clint will continue to be Pirates for at least the next four years. Both men are selfless leaders who have made us a far stronger organization, both on and off the field," said Coonelly in a statement. "Neal and Clint have embraced the challenge of building a winner in Pittsburgh and have been critical to the success that we have had here to date. We have much work to do to reach the heights that our fans deserve. I am excited to continue to work with Neal and Clint to help bring a World Series championship back to Pittsburgh."
Huntington, 48, has been at the helm since September of 2007. Tasked with turning around a club with a long streak of losing seasons -- they would eventually set the record for non-winning seasons in major professional sports history -- Huntington built the Pirates that won 94 games and got to the NLDS in 2013 before also securing the top NL wild card spot in 2014 and 2015.
Hurdle, 60, took over in 2011 and was the man in charge in the dugout during those three playoff runs, the first for the Pirates since 1992.
Yes, the Pirates have been a bit down the past two years, but the press release on Tuesday points out that only the Dodgers, Cardinals, Nationals and Indians have had a better record than the Pirates since the start of the 2013 season.
Huntington and Hurdle were obviously integral to this success and now have contracts though 2021.