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Lou Piniella hired by YES Network

Feb 22, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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Lou Piniella has been out of the game for a year, randomly showing up as an analyst here and there. But now he has a more permanent job: YES Network has hired him to do some Yankees games.

Not a ton of them — between 20-30 of them — but more than his cameo appearances in the studio for Fox and stuff.  He’ll do some pregame and some in-game analysis.

This is obviously not Piniella’s first dance with the Yankees.  He played outfield in New York for 11 seasons. Then he managed them and served a brief stint as their general manager, back when ex-managers and ballplayers used to get general manager jobs. After he left the Cubs last year, Hank Steinbrenner offered Piniella a job as a front office adviser, but Lou declined.

Now he’s back in New York.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    That means when the Yankees fire JoJo Good ole Lou wont be far?

  2. stackers1 - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I’m looking forward to Lou being in the booth for YES. He’s a very smart baseball man & has a good sense of humor. Plus, he’s a link to my carefree days as a boy growing up a Yankee fan.

  3. jwbiii - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I read recently that his mother passed away, so he was probably looking for something to do. A part time analyst gig sounds like a fine something to do.

  4. randygnyc - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Excellent. Former managers give interesting analysis, IMO. Last summer I spent some time in Minneapolis (my wife’s family is there) and got to listen to Tom Kelly sub for blyleven when he got elected to the HOF. Man, is he baseball smart. Looking forward to hearing sweet Lou on the teevee.

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