Piniella to retire at end of season

Millz

LGB
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Not too surprised by this...

The Cubs have underachieved...probably about time for Lou. He's had one hell of a managerial career.

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season, ending a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.


The 66-year-old Piniella said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.


"I've grown to love the city and the fans but at my age it will be time to enter a new phase in my life," Piniella said in a statement released by the team.


Announcing his retirement now, Piniella added, gives the team time to find a replacement.


"I'm proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career," he said. "But let me make one thing perfectly clear: our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race."


The Cubs said Piniella will retire as the 14th-winningest manager in major league history.


Piniella is in the fourth and final year of his contract with the Cubs. After leading the Cubs to consecutive NL Central titles in 2007-08, Piniella and his team missed the playoffs last year and have struggled again this season with a new owner, the Ricketts family, in charge. The Cubs have gone 102 years without a World Series title.


Piniella led the New York Yankees (1986-88), Cincinnati (1990-92), Seattle (1993-2002) and Tampa Bay (2003-05) before arriving in Chicago. He won the World Series as a manager with Cincinnati after winning two as a player (1977-78, Yankees).
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Babe_Ruth

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I've always been a fan of Piniella because he showed so much passion and dedication. He's definitely one of a kind and he'll be missed tremendously.

He had a great coaching career.
 

SqueakScolari

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Your right Babe, Pinella was a one of a kind skipper. It's going to be tough to ever find a duplicate for him.

His passion for winning was really unequaled. I will miss his straight-forwardness as well, although I'm sure some players won't. What a great four decades in baseball though. Congrats Lou.