Colorado Rockies: Part two of our tribute to Clint Hurdle

DENVER - APRIL 04: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Colorado Rockies protests a call with home plate umpire Rob Drake #82 in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day at Coors Field on April 4, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER - APRIL 04: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Colorado Rockies protests a call with home plate umpire Rob Drake #82 in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day at Coors Field on April 4, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX – APRIL 08: Manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies warms up his team during batting practice before the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 8, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 9-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX – APRIL 08: Manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies warms up his team during batting practice before the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 8, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 9-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

On Wednesday, we had part one of our tribute to former Colorado Rockies coach and manager Clint Hurdle who is retiring from managing and coaching in baseball by recounting his coaching career with the Rockies.

But before we go through some of the highlights of Clint Hurdle‘s managerial career with the Colorado Rockies, a new development has come out since the original report from Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune said that Hurdle was retiring from baseball.

Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic in Pittsburgh reported on Wednesday that Hurdle has “sort of” retired. Hurdle told him via text that it is not a formal retirement but he has “decided to put the baseball pants in the closet” and that it was “[t]ime to give back to my family.”

He added that he could return to baseball in a front office capacity but for that, he said that only “[t]ime will tell.”

Yesterday, we recounted Hurdle’s time as a minor league hitting coordinator and major league hitting coach from 1994-2002 with the Rockies.

Today, we will look back on his managerial career with the Rockies, which took place from 2002 to 2009 as well as the aftermath of his 2009 firing.

Let’s take a leap back to 2002 and how he became the manager of the Rockies.

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