In 1999, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was just a hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies. Before his time as manager of the National League-winning Rockies and the current NL Central-leading Pirates, he was just a hitting coach that got invited by Larry Walker to throw for him during the 1999 MLB Home Run Derby.
In a story told to Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review, Hurdle told about that day that became much more than an average BP session.
"We go to the second round, and I have three of the four guys in the round," Hurdle said. "I threw to all them. The last two guys? Griffey and Burnitz."
Without any Pirates in the 2012 Home Run Derby, Hurdle will probably watch this year's event from home. But maybe that's for the best.
"I threw 180-some pitches," Hurdle said. "I was there for 21⁄2 hours! I walked off the mound exhausted and dripping wet."
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