2020 MLB Draft: Colorado Rockies and their history with the ninth pick
By Kevin Henry
Clint Hurdle may have never played for the Rockies but the ninth overall pick in the 1975 draft certainly made an impact on the franchise, leading Colorado to the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs in 2009. He finished his time in Colorado as the franchise’s winningest manager, going 534-625.
As a player, Hurdle suited up for 10 seasons for four different teams between 1977 and 1987. Breaking into the Majors as a 19-year-old with the Kansas City Royals, Hurdle slashed .308/.357/.538 in his first 26 at-bats. However, he played in more than 80 games just twice in his career and stepped away from playing at the age of 29 after just three at-bats with the New York Mets.
Between his time overseeing the Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates, Hurdle impacted the game much more as a manager than as a player.