Pirates interview Clint Hurdle

PITTSBURGH -- Texas Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle has interviewed for the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager's job.

Hurdle talked Thursday to the Pirates, who hadn't interviewed a candidate since speaking with Atlanta Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca on Oct. 14. Only the New York Mets and Pirates remain without a manager.

The Pirates have interviewed eight candidates, but Hurdle and longtime Pirates minor league staff member Jeff Banister are the only two under consideration.

Team president Frank Coonelly said other candidates could be brought in if necessary. But he said the Pirates "should be in a position to make a final decision shortly" now that they have spoken to Hurdle.

The Pirates couldn't interview Hurdle until after the World Series, which the Rangers lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games.

The 53-year-old Hurdle was 534-625 as the Colorado Rockies' manager from 2002-09, when he was replaced by former Pirates manager Jim Tracy. The Rockies won 21 of 22 games to reach the 2007 World Series under Hurdle, but they were swept by the Boston Red Sox.

It is uncertain whether the Mets, who are only now beginning their managerial search under new general manager Sandy Alderson, will interview Hurdle. He is a former Mets player.