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January 2, 2013

BP Unfiltered

The Year in Clint Hurdle's Face

by Ben Lindbergh

According to Body Language University, which sounds like a completely legitimate and accredited academic institution, facial expressions are among the most important elements of human nonverbal communication. That explains how Clint Hurdle has earned a reputation as an especially good communicator: he has the most expressive face of any major-league manager. Most of the time he uses his facial expressions for good, but sometimes he gets angry at umpires. And when Hurdle gets angry at umpires, his face contorts into shapes that some viewers may find disturbing.

Although last year didn't bring us any faces as memorable as the Purple Hurdle scare of 2011 (which turned out to be less scary than it seemed), Hurdle still got into arguments with umpires, and he still made some memorable faces shortly before or after being ejected from games. These are the best of those faces.

Ben Lindbergh is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Richard Bergstrom
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"which sounds like a completely legitimate and accredited academic institution"

Um, except it's not.. it's just a person's blog.

Jan 02, 2013 10:27 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Joke!

Jan 02, 2013 10:28 AM
 
Richard Bergstrom
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Heh I used to work for a for-profit career college and accreditation was never something to joke about. You could even get fired for implying a program had accreditation that it didn't have.

Jan 02, 2013 13:07 PM
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gweedoh565

...says the guy who quoted 'eseduce.com' as an authority on mental illnesses.

Never going to let you live that one down, Richard.

Jan 02, 2013 12:04 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

Eh well, you wouldn't be the first to remember things about me ;) On the flipside, I did say I was commenting from work and offered to hop on ProQuest once I got home.

Jan 02, 2013 13:06 PM
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Blackmax

As a Pirates fan, I would appreciate a device that showed me Hurdle's facial expression at the end of each game. It would save me a lot of time reading box scores and game logs as well as viewing video highlights.

Jan 02, 2013 11:31 AM
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Dodger300

I prefer the face Hurdle in his photo on the cover of SI.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/8580/index.htm

Jan 02, 2013 20:30 PM
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Schere

I loved this post. Thanks.

Jan 03, 2013 06:27 AM
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