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Lou Piniella is not pleased with the kids in his bullpen

Aug 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

Here’s Lou, last night, after rookies Justin Berg, Andrew Cashner and James Russell combined to allow four runs on six hits:

“I’ll tell you what, these young kids we have here
pitching-wise, they’re getting an opportunity of a lifetime, and none of
them want to step up. You can’t have better opportunities than what
we’re giving these guys.”

And here I was worried that Piniella was going to leave the stage with a whimper. The best part is Koyie Hill coming to the relievers’ defense after Piniella got done. He’s got to live with them after 2010. Piniella doesn’t.

Calling out young bullpen arms is not a shocking thing, of course. What I’d really like to see is Lou get frank about all manner of subjects as he heads out the door. Wouldn’t you love to hear his thoughts about Soriano? Zambrano? Lee?

  1. BC - Aug 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    I want to see one more Piniella-goes-Vesuvius episode before he goes. Come out there red-faced, argue about something, throw some dirt, chuck first base into the outfield. Just one more, please, Lou.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    If Lou doesn’t like the kids in his bullpen, let him come down here and manage the Feesh and their boolpen for a week while Edwin Rodriguez takes some much needed time off to mash plantains for his big end-of-season mafongo party. Lou will be shocked to discover that he misses the kids in his bullpen desperately, almost as much as the stuffed pizza.

  3. Levi Stahl - Aug 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    I don’t really want to hear his thoughts on Derrek Lee. I know Lee’s been a disappointment this year, but I’d like to keep thinking of him as an all-around good guy and stand-up teammate–I’d hate to have Piniella reveal something that contradicted that impression.
    Just once in a rare while, I prefer to keep my illusions.

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