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Clint Hurdle returns to Colorado Rockies as special assistant to general manager

Clint Hurdle returns to Colorado Rockies as special assistant to general manager
Former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, shown July 27, 2006, is the longest-tenured manager in team history. File Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The Colorado Rockies brought back former manager Clint Hurdle to serve as a special assistant to general manager Bill Schmidt.

Hurdle, who managed the Rockies to a World Series appearance in 2007, will help with player development and the first-year player draft in his new role with the organization.

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"I've asked him to help us -- not only the players in the Minor Leagues, but also the staff," Schmidt told reporters. "I think he can bring a lot to the table for everybody and help me just, you know, help get us where we want to get going.

"I mean, he's Clint, right? He's upbeat. He has a lot of history with the Rockies back to when he first started and with the people who got involved. He can help us get better. That's why I asked. I was very happy that he wanted to join us, just helping people grow."

Hurdle remains the Rockies' longest-tenured manager in team history. He led the club to 534 wins over parts of eight seasons from 2002-09. The Rockies captured the National League pennant in 2007, going on to lose to the Boston Red Sox in four games in the World Series.

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The 64-year-old Hurdle also managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2011-19. He was named NL Manager of the Year for the Pirates in 2013.

His 1,269 total wins as a manager rank 40th in MLB history.

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