Cubs manager Piniella retiring after season
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, who made five trips to the World Series in his career and has three championship rings, said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
General manager Jim Hendry said former Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, now a minor league manager in Des Moines, will be a candidate for the job. He said Piniella’s replacement won’t be hired before the end of the season.
Entering Tuesday’s game against Houston, Piniella’s overall record was 1,826-1,691 (.519) and he trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers.
His record with the Cubs was 307-271, and he is in the fourth and final year of his contract.
An outfielder, Piniella was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1969 with the Royals. He was traded to the Yankees in 1973 and ended his playing career with New York in 1984. Piniella played 18 years in the majors and was a career .291 hitter.
He began managing in 1986 with the Yankees and lasted three years, including a stint as general manager. He managed the Reds from 1990-92, leading them to a World Series championship in his first season. From there it was on to Seattle, where his teams won at least 90 games four times. dent of Galatioto Sports Partners that is one of the team’s creditors, said some interested buyers are hesitant to bid on the Rangers because Major League Baseball continues to endorse a group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and Rangers president Nolan Ryan and sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, whose bid to buy the team has been stalled by creditors for months.