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08:15 AM ET 07.08 | Perhaps the spring in Clint Hurdle's step was a sign. [The] top baseball minds on the North Side convened Wednesday to see if they could determine which way the refreshing wind blows in this thoroughly unpredictable summer. [Hurdle] came away from that upbeat seminar very well-pleased, which means if little else that upper management has no intention of selling the Pirates out from under him as July turns to August. You would think that much would be obvious, but there have been a lot of cruel, cruel summers around here in the post-Bananarama era. "We had an exercise today where we went over what we have coming back incrementally," Hurdle said. ... "And we went over some external options." Those would presumably include the potential addition of someone with a power bat.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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July 8, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Could the Pirates be trading prospects for established players?? Cats and Dogs sleeping together!!? The world has gone mad.

July 8, 2011  09:09 AM ET

As long as they don't have to give up too much, a power hitter would be nice. About the only spots he could play would be first, catcher or right though. The rest of the positions are pretty much set.

July 8, 2011  09:16 AM ET

You would think that much would be obvious, but there have been a lot of cruel, cruel summers around here in the post-Bananarama era. "

Heh. Dunno if I'd ever expect to see a Bananarama ref in a sports article. Is Shakespear's Sister next?

July 8, 2011  09:25 AM ET

If Clint Hurdle doesn't get Manager of the Year, then there is no justice in baseball.

July 8, 2011  09:27 AM ET

I think they were just talking about going out to get a hoagie after the meeting.

July 8, 2011  09:43 AM ET

Wait, the Pirates as buyers, not sellers? Madness I say!

July 8, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If Clint Hurdle doesn't get Manager of the Year, then there is no justice in baseball.

How about some love for Manny Acta?

July 8, 2011  10:05 AM ET

I didn't know there was such a thing as a "Bananarama Era". When did that occur?

July 8, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If Clint Hurdle doesn't get Manager of the Year, then there is no justice in baseball.

Very true. How weird is it that the Pirates are buyers instead of sellers at the trade deadline?

July 8, 2011  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Wait, the Pirates as buyers, not sellers? Madness I say!

What, the Indians are buyers and not sellers? Madness I say!

July 8, 2011  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How about some love for Manny Acta?

Joe Maddon's got a $40MM payroll in contention with the Yanks and the Sox. He deserves some consideration.

July 8, 2011  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Joe Maddon's got a $40MM payroll in contention with the Yanks and the Sox. He deserves some consideration.

Hurdle should get NL Manager of the year. Acta and Maddon can battle it out for AL manager of the year.

July 8, 2011  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As long as they don't have to give up too much, a power hitter would be nice. About the only spots he could play would be first, catcher or right though. The rest of the positions are pretty much set.

They should stand pat and try to sign Malholm to an extension. As Doumit, Alvarez and Tabata come off the DL, their offense should improve. No need to sell off some of their young prospects for a rent a player for half a season. Pirates can't afford it. Their winning because of quality pitching. Use any payroll increases to extend the contracts of McCutchen and the pitching staff.

July 8, 2011  12:00 PM ET

keep it up Bucco's

July 8, 2011  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

keep it up Bucco's

Props to former Syracuse Orangeman and Baltimore Colt John Mackey.

July 8, 2011  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

What, the Indians are buyers and not sellers? Madness I say!

Well played.

July 8, 2011  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I didn't know there was such a thing as a "Bananarama Era". When did that occur?

Just before the "Bangles Era."

July 8, 2011  01:12 PM ET

The world is upside down.

July 8, 2011  01:18 PM ET

Carlos Beltran

 
July 8, 2011  01:22 PM ET

if they are able to get a power hitter with a low cost, that would be great for this pirates after all they have earned some respect!!

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