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."