May 20 2009, 12:42 PM
Today marks the first day of the official 5280.com Fire Clint Hurdle Countdown. On what should have been a special night for Rockies fans, with Todd Helton belting his 2,000th hit, the Rockies got pasted again, falling 8-1 in Atlanta (viaÂ The Denver Post). Helton's stellar accomplishment notwithstanding, the Rockies are on pace to finish with a win total in the mid-60s (viaÂ Purple Row), and something's got to give. Tracy Ringolsby, one of Denver's most notable baseball writers, suggested firing the whole team, or at least shaking it up, a few days ago (Inside the Rockies), but that seems unlikely. For our money, it's easier to get rid of the under-performing, mediocre, perpetual nice-guy Hurdle. Let the countdown begin.