The Pittsburgh Pirates held their last interview with a managerial candidate two weeks ago.
They, however, have not yet named the new field boss.
The Pirates obviously have other candidates in mind and the post-season has put their managerial search on hold. Speculation has centered on former Pirates catcher Tony Pena, a coach with the New York Yankees, who were eliminated in the ALCS last week.
Clint Hurdle, however, is a serious consideration for the Pirates. The former manager of the Colorado Rockies currently is the hitting coach with Texas, which means the Pirates will have to wait until the end of the World Series to pursue him.
Hurdle would seem to fit the Pirates needs well. He has shown an ability to develop young players, dealing with the learning process, into a contending team in Colorado, where he took over a last-place team committed to building from within and took them to the only World Series appearance in franchise history in 2007. Pittsburgh had the youngest roster in the major leagues last year.
Hurdle also was the public face of the franchise in Colorado, elevating the Rockies credibility among sports fans, which is a need for the Pirates.