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Lou Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season

Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE:  The Cubs have now issued a press release, making it official).

It’s been kind of sad to watch Piniella in Chicago these past two years, burdened with some truly wacko players and a roster laden with overpaid underachievers. I don’t know how long the managing fire would have continued to burn in his belly in more ideal circumstances, but I bet he would still be managing in 2011 if it hadn’t been for the headache after headache he’s had to endure with the Cubs.

We’ll have a lot of time for remembrances of Piniella’s career as the season goes on, as he talks about it some and when the curtain finally closes in October. But for now the craziest thing about all of this to me is that he has managed way longer than he ever played. Just seems odd somehow.  Unlike a lot of his contemporaries, I still think of him as more of a player than a manager.

  1. BC - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Maybe he’ll take the Marlins job?

  2. The Real Shuxion - Jul 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    The most overrated manager in sports history. The guy won in 1990 and has continued to make the teams he manages worse (Tampa, Cubs) or fail with superior teams (Mariners).

  3. DualLeads - Jul 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    When it comes from the mouth of the man himself, and not some website bloggin speculator – you can believe it…..

  4. Utley's hair - Jul 20, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Maybe he’ll go back to FOX to make those broadcasts so much more unbearably boring.

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