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Clint Hurdle positive on the Pirates

Pittsburgh's gone through struggles, but the new manager is looking on the bright side

Updated: March 24, 2011, 11:21 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Nearly every night, the emails arrive in the inboxes of dozens of employees of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Amazingly, they aren't written by any Nigerian princes, telemarketers or online poker champs. They are written by the new manager in town, a fellow named Clint Hurdle. And they all have the same purpose:

Inspiration.

His players get them. His bosses get them. Employees who have barely laid eyes on him get them. These must-read pearls of wisdom may not guarantee ...

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