Clint Hurdle was named the fourth manager in team history on April 26, 2002 and has led the Rockies to a 276-350 (.441) record in just under four full seasons...Rockies are 171-143 (.545) at home under Hurdle, the 2nd-best record of any Colorado manager based on winning percentagesince Coors Field opened in 1995, only Don Baylor (.590) has a higher win percentage at the ballpark...Hurdle was selected as one of the National Leagues coaches for the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston...Clint managed six seasons in the Mets minor league system from 1988-93 before joining the Rockies organization in 1994...the 2005 season was his 12th with the franchise...on Nov. 12, 2003, Colorado exercised its two-year option on Hurdle's contract, locking him up through 2006.
Hurdle's fourth season at the helm saw the club improve steadily after a slow start...beginning June 1, the team went 52-60, matching the best record among any NL West team...Rockies went 30-28 over the final two months...the squad featured a club-record 19 rookies, tied for most in the majors, as Colorado led the major leagues in games played by rookies (941) for the second straight season...the year also saw 20 different players spend a total of 21 stints on the disabled list...was not ejected the entire season, first campaign since becoming manager to not get tossed at least twice...joined Cubs' Dusty Baker as only full-time managers to not be ejected in 05...Hurdle missed the clubs game on April 27 due to persistent flu-like symptoms, but that game was eventually postponed after less than 2 innings because of rain and snowalso missed 6 consecutive games from May 22-27 to be with his daughter, Madison, who was hospitalized on May 19.
Hurdle's third season as manager of the Rockies was highlighted by him being named as one of the National League's coaches for the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston, selected by NL Manager Jack McKeon of the Florida Marlins...Hurdle's 2004 Rockies featured a club-record 18 rookies, most in the National League and second behind only the Royals (21) in all of baseball. Colorado led the majors in games played by rookies (792) and were second in games started by rookies (473), trailing only the Diamondbacks (487). Hurdle had at least one rookie in the lineup every night and used a total of 136 different lineup cards in 162 games. Hurdle's young Rockies finished 2004 with the second-worst record in franchise history, 68-94, just one game better than the 1993 expansion team who went 67-95.
In his first full season as a big league manager, Hurdle
guided the Rockies to a 74-88 record (.457), the club's best mark
since 2000 (82-80)...Rockies posted their second-best home
record in franchise history, finishing 49-32 for a .605 winning percentage...
only the 1996 team (55-26) enjoyed more success at Coors Field...on the flip side, the 2003
Rockies also struggled to their worst road mark ever, 25-56 (.309)...Rox got off to fast start in '03, posting
the franchise's third best record after 25 games (14-11) and becoming only the third club to even have a
winning record after 30 games (16-14)...Colorado was 50-47 at the All-Star Break and ended the first half
with a winning slate for just the third time ever, joining the 1995 and 2000 teams...Rockies began their
post-break schedule with an eight-game roadtrip to San Francisco and Los Angeles and after going 2-6
never fully recovered from there...Rox struggled to a 24-41 (.369) record after the break, the lowest post-
All-Star winning percentage in the National League...Rox did hang in there a while longer as they were
56-53 as late as July 30, just four games out in the Wild Card race...that's the closest Colorado would get,
however, going 18-35 over the final 53 games...Clint notched his 100th victory as a major league manager
with a 5-0 win at Minnesota on June 10 ...also picked up his 500th career win as a professional skipper
in a 4-0 defeat of the Expos on May 18.
Hurdle was named the club's fourth manager on April 26, then agreed to a two-year contract
extension on Aug. 7...Colorado finished the year 67-73 (.479) with the new skipper at the helm, 44-27 at
home and 23-46 on the road...the Hurdle Era officially began the night of April 26th in a 4-1 victory over
the Phillies at Coors Field...Colorado went 6-0 in its first six
games under Hurdle, tied for the sixth best winning streak
following a mid-season managerial change in major league
history...Joe Morgan holds the record when his Red Sox
won their first 12 games, July 15-25, 1988...the Rox used
that 6-0 homestand to propel it to one of the best stretches
in club history...Rockies went 21-9 (.700) in Clint's first 30
games, matching the best 30-game stretch in franchise
annals...from April 26 to May 26, Colorado was 20-8
(.714), the best record in the NL over that span and second
best in the majors to only Anaheim (21-5, .808)...under
Hurdle, the Rox posted a 19-10 record during the month of
May, setting a new club mark for most wins in a single calendar
month...with a win on June 1, the Rockies were 30-
26, just four-and-a-half games out of first place...the team
would go just 43-63 the rest of the year to close out Hurdle's first year as a major league skipper.