2. Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
Clint Hurdle’s effect on the Pittsburgh Pirates has been immediately palpable. The Pirates’ 20-year drought ended when Hurdle led the team to the playoffs in 2013 following a remarkable 94-win season. Though the run ended in division playoffs, there is no question the Pirates are a rejuvenated franchise. Hurdle is deserving of a great deal of credit for that achievement.
His prior stint as manager of the Colorado Rockies included an improbable run to the World Series in 2007. Helming the Pirates in 2013, Bloomberg Sports stats showed Hurdle was the only manager to get more out of his players than they proved capable of achieving in the past. Hurdle was named Manager of the Year in the National League for the effort.