Herzog pays a visit to Hurdle, Leyva

Herzog pays a visit to Hurdle, Leyva

ST. LOUIS -- Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog visited the Pirates' clubhouse this weekend to visit Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and bench coach Nick Leyva. Leyva was Herzog's first-base coach from 1984-85, while Hurdle played under Herzog in St. Louis in '86 and for three years before that in Kansas City.

Hurdle hit .195 with 15 RBIs in 78 games for the Cardinals in 1986, which turned out to be the second-to-last season of his career. On the final day of the year, Hurdle apologized to Herzog for the poor performance.

"I said, 'I'm sorry I didn't do better,'" Hurdle said. "He was like, 'Aw, Clint, don't worry about it.' It's the same thing I tell guys now."

"I don't remember that," Herzog said. "He probably did, though. He was some kind of ballplayer [with] hitting potential that was out of this world. He was something."

And as a manager?

"I always thought, with the way he expressed himself and how he handled himself, he'd be a hell of a manager," Herzog added. "I'm happy to see he's done that."