CHICAGO -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a brief, pregame meeting with his "new" club. There were enough fresh faces in the cramped visitors' clubhouse of Wrigley Field to justify the gathering -- Travis Snider, Gaby Sanchez and Chad Qualls -- but the post-Trade Deadline address is a Hurdle tradition. "Just to recalibrate and redirect the team," Hurdle said. "It's important that they understand that their jobs had not changed. They are players and we need them to play." Hurdle affably declined to reveal what he planned to tell the guys.
"No, I'm not going to do that. This isn't reality TV," he said. "The good stuff ... you won't get that." Hurdle, however, did offer the short, public version of his message. "If there is a manager or a general manager in you, you need to let them go. This is the package we're going out the door with. Let's go play and have some fun." Hurdle made it obvious that the meeting was timed to coincide with the passage of the cast-changing Trade Deadline, not the approach of a big weekend series in Cincinnati. "This is the players' win-a-series-in-Chicago day, not get-ready-for-Cincinnati day," Hurdle said.
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