Lou Piniella back in baseball

Posted in Hirings/Firings on February 2nd, 2011 by Thomas Schmeltz

According to an article on ESPN.com, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that longtime manager Lou Piniella is back at work once again. This time Piniella joins the defending World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, in a special assistance role with the club. The 67-year-old former manager stepped down as manager of the Chicago Cubs in the middle of last season to care for his sick mother. Now that she is “hanging in there,” Piniella will report to Giants general manager Brian Sabean. Part of Piniella’s duties will include scouting the American League teams during spring training and attending Tampa Bay Rays games, which is convenient considering the fact that Piniella’s home is located in Tampa, Fla. He says that he may meet the Giants on some East Coast road games if his schedule permits.

Lou Piniella will join the SF Giants as a special assistant for the 2011 season. Photo Courtesy of: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Lou-Piniella-Chicago-Cubs-manager-retiring-072010

In the article, Piniella says:

“It gives me a chance to stay involved in baseball and not have to travel,” Piniella said. “I worked with Brian a lot of years in New York. He’s a good man. They have several former Yankees [working for the club]. They won a world championship — we won a world championship. I’m joining a world-class organization.”

Piniella is 14th on Major League Baseball’s regular season wins list. During his career he managed the New York Yankees, Cincinnati, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and most recently the Chicago Cubs.

The new assistance role for Piniella, as of now, is a one-year deal. But according the the article, it could become a “longer-term agreement.”

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