4/5/2014 7:12 P.M. ET
Walker, Cutch happy to see Hurdle extended
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdle was unsure of the impact his contract extension would have in the clubhouse. In his view, players who care will be neutralized by those who do not.
"That's been my experience," said Hurdle, attributing that to both his playing and managerial careers. "There will be some players who care, and some that don't. So I don't know how much difference it will make for players."
Two veteran Pirates players, however, saw positives in the stability, citing the transparency that makes Hurdle easy to play for.
"He lets us do our own thing in the clubhouse. It's our clubhouse, and he doesn't interfere with that," said second baseman Neil Walker. "He just does his job. At the same time, he knows when to voice an opinion or a thought, and when to lay off."
"It's pretty simple to get along with Hurdle," said center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who recalled that getting a read on the new manager in 2011 was also a simple process. "As soon as he stepped in, he pretty much showed the type of person he was going to be. It made it easier on us.
"It wasn't like we had to feel him out, for what we could and couldn't do, or what we could or couldn't say. It made it a lot easier for us to know the boundaries pretty early."
Not having to learn new boundaries, possibly for as long as four more years, will also simplify life for the clubhouse denizens.
First number, last word
382: At-bats between regular-season homers at PNC Park by the Cardinals, from Matt Holliday's sixth-inning blow off A.J. Burnett on Aug. 27, 2012, to Matt Carpenter's fifth-inning shot off Gerrit Cole on Friday night.
"Jokingly, I told people close to me that I was working on a new angle, to be the only manager not to have a contract, and see how that played out." -- Hurdle, who along with Milwaukee's Ron Roenicke had been the only two of the 30 MLB managers without a guaranteed contract beyond 2014, until Saturday's announcement of his three-year extension by the Pirates.
• Paul Goldschmidt started Saturday's game with MLB's fourth-ever 26-game hitting streak spanning two seasons. The first to do it? Pirates shortstop great Dick Groat, 1961 to '62. Also to accomplish it were Ralph Garr (1971-72) and David Wright (2006-07).
• The Pirates' 2014 Media Guide runs 352 pages. Hefty, but not even in the same ballpark as the media guides of the A's (652 pages) and the Red Sox (612).
• McCutchen's two-run triple Friday night gave him 201 RBIs at PNC Park, tying him with Jack Wilson for second-most at the yard. Jason Bay drove in 241 runs at PNC Park, including one as a visiting player.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.