Monday morning musings

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A few notes before I leave to drive downtown for Clint Hurdle’s introductory press conference:

  • I’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding names for Hurdle’s coaching staff. Hold tight. That’s obviously one of the questions I intend to ask him today. He’s not going to name his coaches today, but by the end of the press conference, we should better know how many of the team’s former coaches (including other managerial candidate Jeff Banister) might have a chance to stick around.
  • For those who have questions you want to ask Hurdle yourself, you’re in luck. At 2 p.m. ET today, Hurdle will have a live web chat on www.pirates.com. You can log on a bit in advance of 2 p.m. to start submitting your questions.
  • While the Pirates’ managerial hire will no doubt dominate headlines, don’t forget that Rookie of the Year winners will be announced at 2 p.m. today, too. Buster Posey and Jason Heyward are the favorites to compete for the National League award, though Pittsburgh should be represented in the voting by some combination of Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. I’ll be sure to post the results shortly after the announcement.

Busy day ahead. But be sure to check back for updates here and on the main site throughout the day.

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