Clint Hurdle returns to Rockies as assistant general manager

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies are bringing back Clint Hurdle to serve as special assistant to general manager Bill Schmidt.

Hurdle, who led the Rockies to the World Series in 2007, will help with player development and the draft of first-year players in his new role.

“Clint has a long history with the Rockies and in this game, and brings a wealth of knowledge that will be incredibly valuable to this organization and our players,” Schmidt said in a statement Thursday.

Hurdle remains the longest-serving manager in Rockies history. He led the team to 534 victories in parts of eight seasons from 2002-09. The Rockies won the National League pennant in 2007 when they made their only appearance in the World Series, where they were swept by the Boston Red Sox.

The 64-year-old Hurdle has deep ties to the club, serving as a roving hitting instructor from 1994-96 and then as a hitting coach from 1997-2002.

“I’m excited to be returning to an organization that I love,” said Hurdle, who was selected in the first round by the Kansas City Royals in the June 1975 amateur draft. “I’m looking forward to working with Bill and his staff and helping where they need me.” .

Hurdle managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2011 to 19. He was the National League manager of the year for the Pirates in 2013.

His 1,269 total managerial victories rank 40th in major league history.