Cubs man­ager Piniella re­tir­ing af­ter sea­son

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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