Mazeroski, Virdon forced off bench by rule

Mazeroski, Virdon forced off bench by rule

Mazeroski, Virdon forced off bench by rule
PITTSBURGH -- Turns out, there was a very good reason manager Clint Hurdle had asked Ron Gardenhire, his Twins counterpart and a former teammate, for permission to have former Pirates greats Bill Mazeroski and Bill Virdon in uniform and the dugout for Tuesday night's game.

"I figured I'd get an OK there," Hurdle said.

Gardenhire signed off on the ceremonial additions, but Major League Baseball called an end to it after that one game. An MLB official called Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington on Wednesday and, citing rules limiting the number of uniformed personnel in the dugout, asked the Bucs to desist.

"I was told that'd be the end of it. It did not surprise me," Hurdle admitted prior to Wednesday night's second game of the Interleague series with Minnesota at PNC Park. "It wasn't really within the rules and regulations of the game, which I might have overlooked in my excitement to get them involved."

Mazeroski and Virdon will continue to be in uniforms and on-field for pregame workouts, but once games start will take box seats near the Pirates dugout "to enjoy the game and put their experienced eyes on us from a different venue," Hurdle said.