The Merritt Island Baseball team chose Clint Hurdle to dedicate their field too. Hurdle won the Sporting News Manager of the year Award in 2013 while managing the Pittsburgh Pirates. There will be guests speakers at the ceremony and Clint Hurdle himself will be there. Coach Plecki, the head baseball coach, explains that Hurdle was chosen because he has done the most as far as baseball, with a successful baseball and managing career.
Clint Hurdle is a Merritt Island alumni. He was part of the 1975 graduating class. After he graduated he was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 9th pick of the first round in 1975 amateur draft. Hurdle played for the Royals from 1975 to 1981. His career in baseball had only just begun. After the Royals, he played with a few other baseball teams.
In 2011, Clint Hurdle became manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. For the first two years, the Pirates had two losing seasons. In 2013, things turned around for the Pirates. The team went to the National League Central with the best record in the major leagues. On September 23rd, 2013 the Pirates made their way to their first playoffs since 1992, as well as their 90th win. With this victory, Hurdle was announced manager of the year award.
In addition to baseball, Clint Hurdle also created the Wins for Kids foundation. The foundation raises funds to support Pirate Charity and the Pradar-Willie syndrome program at the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. Clint started this foundation because of his 10-year old daughter, Maddie, has Pradar-willie syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder that affects many body parts. To learn more about this foundation visit the website:
Merritt Island High School journalism student Leticia Barros contributed to this report.