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Hurdle knows the spark behind Rockies red-hot stretch

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

ANAHEIM, Calif. – When Clint Hurdle managed the Rockies, he would joke about the lack of national attention they received. All he had to do was get fired to give it to them.

In the first of a two-day spot, Hurdle appeared as a guest analyst on the MLB Network on Monday and provided a zinger when asked why the Rockies were playing better.

“It starts at the top with the manager,” Hurdle said.

Since Hurdle was fired, the Rockies have pitched, hit and fielded better, not unlike they did when he took over the team in 2002. But it would be unfair to dismiss Jim Tracy’s impact. His fingerprints are all over the best regular-season run in team history.

What is the difference?

“He’s the exact opposite of Hurdle. You had a guy who was very loud, very intimidating and sometimes you didn’t know what you were going to get with your lineup,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “Tracy is low maintenance, very mild-tempered, will let you know if you aren’t playing. Both ways can be very effective.”

The Rockies are 19-5 with Tracy in charge after going 18-28 under Hurdle.

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