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Lou Piniella now following Steve Stone's advice

Jun 14, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

Lou Piniella going off on Steve Stone last week was obviously a long time in the making, but it was pushed to the surfaced because of comments Stone made recently criticizing Piniella for not playing rookie Tyler Colvin enough.
Piniella blasted Stone for having the gall to criticize him, basically said he has no idea what he’s talking about … and is now doing exactly what Stone suggested. Seriously. Piniella said yesterday that Colvin will begin to get more playing time:

We said when the time was right we were going to make this type of move, and the time’s getting real right. He deserves an opportunity. We brought him along and he waited his turn and he deserves an opportunity.

So, maybe Piniella was just upset at Stone for stealing his thunder?
Colvin started in right field and batted second last night, replacing fellow left-handed hitter Kosuke Fukudome against right-hander Gavin Floyd. Colvin has forced his way into the lineup by hitting .296 with six homers and eight doubles in 98 at-bats as a part-time player, posting a team-leading .936 OPS, and the fact that Fukudome is also in his annual post-April slump makes things a lot easier on Piniella.
As for Stone … well, he didn’t seem to be bothered one bit by Piniella taking shots at him, seemingly taking it as well as he dished it out, and is probably pretty amused by how quickly the Cubs’ manager followed his advice. Or maybe the whole feud was all just a ruse to get the focus away from the team’s 28-35 record.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 14, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    People forget, maybe because it was a long time ago, that Stone won the Cy Young. That was in 1980, with my then beloved Baltimore Orioles. That gives him the presumption of knowing a few things about baseball, unlike what Piniella would have you believe. Stone has been known to get under the skins of those around the Cubs, which is why he’s broadcasting for the White Sox. Although admittedly surrendering Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper’s only MLB HR (one more than most of us have) probably justifies some of Piniella’s remarks, Stone’s always been a thoughtful analyst. His willingness to accurately criticize underperforming local teams and managers does not sit well the objects of that criticism even while fans appreciate him for doing so.

  2. Joey B - Jun 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Now this is funny. The Cubs just recently traded away an outfielder making $10M, and now they have to trade away another outfielder making $13M?

  3. Tommy - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    “So, maybe Piniella was just upset at Stone for stealing his thunder?”
    Wrong. What non-geniuses such as us and Stone and dumb people in general don’t realize, is that playing Colvin a lot last week would have been idiotic. But playing Colvin a lot this week is the fairy dust that legends and Lou Pinellas are made of.

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