Sweet Lou Calling It Quits
A teary-eyed Lou Piniella addressed the media after Sunday’s Chicago Cubs game to say he was wearing his uniform for the last time. Piniella abruptly announced earlier in the day that it would be his final day as manager. He had already planned to retire after the season, but said that family reasons prompted him to step down now. In was not a successfull farewell, as the Atlanta Braves hung a 16-5 loss on Piniella’s Cubs in his final game. Piniella led the Cubs to division titles in 2007 and 2008, but the team was swept in their opening playoff series both years. This season, the Cubs have struggled and currently sit in next-to-last place in the NL Central. Prior to arriving in Chicago in 2007, the fiery Piniella managed the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay in a managerial career dating back to 1986. Among his top achievements, leading the Reds to the 1990 World Series title, and winning three separate manager of the year awards (1995 and 2001 in the AL with Seattle, and 2008 in the NL with Chicago.) The 66-year-old Piniella finishes his career with 1,835 wins as a skipper.