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Clint Hurdle’s Rocky Tenure: A Scapegoat for Poor Upper Management

Published by on May 31, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Most write-ups regarding the firing of Clint Hurdle can't help but focus immediately on the improbable great baseball the Rockies played in September and October of 2007, and who could blame them considering it's his only accomplishment in seven years. They also talk about how unpopular and duplicitous he was with his players.

But such emphasis is dishonest. The real story of Hurdle's tenure isn't that he was fired 18 months after a World Series, or disgruntled players, but rather how he was still managing in 2007 after five years of atrocious baseball.

An axiom many in the game believe is that a great manager cannot really improve a team, but a lousy one can make a great team bad.

It's true in business, ...

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