Pirates announced that general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle both agreed to three-year contract extensions with option for the 2018 season.
Hurdle, 56, is now in his fourth season as Pirates manager. He won the Manager of the Year award in 2013.
Huntington, 45, has been Pirates general manager since the end of the 2007 season. If Huntington serves out the contract, he will have served 11 years as the club’s GM. In team history, only Joe L. Brown (1956-76) has had a longer GM tenure.
“I hope to be here a lot longer,” Huntington said. “I love the people I work with, this organization. You can’t get a better ballpark, and the fan base has turned its negative passion into positive passion.”
Quotes from Pirates owner Bob Nutting, 2013 MVP & Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen, and 2nd Basemen Neil Walker:
“They bring very different skill sets to the table,” Nutting said, “but have mutual respect for each other. I really believe that a cohesive, stable team is always in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I love both of these guys.
“They started building this thing a little while ago,” said Pittsburgh native Neil Walker, “so it’s rightful that they get the opportunity to continue it.”
“It’s definitely good not to have to worry about him being here,” Andrew McCutchen said of his Hurdle. “We know he’s not gonna go anywhere for a while. It’s good to know we don’t have to think about the future. It’s huge for us, to know the skipper will be here in a Pirates uniform.”