THIS IS EPISODE 457 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Clint Hurdle has been a staple in Major League Baseball for more than 40 years. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1975 MLB Draft, and just two years later made his MLB debut. A member of the 1980 American League championship team in Kansas City, Hurdle played for seven more years until retiring in 1987.
He went into coaching in 1988, and 14 years later was named the manager of the Colorado Rockies. During his time with Colorado, he led the Rockies to the National League title and a trip to the World Series in 2007.
After his time in Colorado ended in 2010, he signed on to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, and he led the Bucs to three straight playoff appearances in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2013, he was named the NL Manager of the Year. But in September 2019, he was relieved of his duties as manager of the Pirates.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Hurdle about adjusting to life away from baseball, where his faith in Jesus began, how a crisis of faith in his early 40s helped him grow closer to the Lord, how he lived out his faith as a manager, and why spending time with his family right now is his No. 1 priority.
When your past becomes more significant than your future, you're done. – Clint Hurdle
— Coach Quotes (@CoachMotto) November 19, 2019