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Pirates hoping for more than playoff cameo

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PITTSBURGH — Where most saw misery and chaos, Clint Hurdle saw something else entirely.

The day Hurdle took over as the Pittsburgh Pirates manager in December, 2010, he spoke about electrifying the city. He preached optimism then went out and practiced it every day while talking about a vision that went far beyond returning a moribund franchise to respectability.

It’s why Hurdle isn’t satisfied after leading Pittsburgh to a 94-68 record and its first playoff berth in 21 years. It’s…

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