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The Mariners asked Lou Piniella to come back and manage. He said no.

Oct 11, 2013, 8:06 AM EDT

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I can’t imagine why the Mariners would want Lou Piniella to come back and manage. I mean, sure, nice associations with the past and a great personality and all of that, but when you’re trying to build with young players and your competitive horizon is still measured in terms of multiple years, I don’t feel like hiring a 70 year-old manager who has been out of the game for a few years makes a ton of sense.

But the Mariners do a lot of things I don’t quite understand, and this was just the latest. From Rosenthal:

The Seattle Mariners recently contacted Piniella about the possibility, asking him to come out of retirement to manage their team again. One source with knowledge of the discussions described the Mariners’ pursuit of Piniella as “a full-court press.”

Piniella, however, declined the Mariners’ overtures.

Can’t blame him. He’s got a nice part-time job with YES Network, can fish or do crossword puzzles or scrimshaw or build ships in bottles or whatever the heck else he wants to do with very little pressure but while still having at least some contact with the game. The guy spent 23 years blowing his top as a manager. He’s entitled to a little relaxation now and sounds like he wants it.

But back to Seattle: if the idea is to just bring back a face the fans would like to see, I have to question their plan overall because “manager-as-p.r.-initiative” is a pretty dumb idea.  If the idea, however, is to hire an experienced manager with a notable media profile and some color and fire, why not go with someone who is less obviously retired? I’ve joked about it before, but heck, go get Ozzie Guillen. He’d fill most of the Lou Piniella qualifications. And it’d be a lot of fun too.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    And slobbering Ozzie would have hardly any Cubans to insult in Seattle. One only hopes he doesn’t find a way to alienate the Kwakaiutl.

    • bigharold - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Was Bobby V. Not available?

    • nworca - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      While the Mariners do draw fans from British Columbia, the more local bands are Salish.

  2. jss1330 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    So Jack Zdiriencik is going to spend his off season trolling Dave Cameron?

    • felixfan420 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I doubt many that read this article will get it, but being a Cameron reader and being on the “inside” of the joke I legit belly laughed and had to create an account just to give you props LOL

      • dstark9 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        What is the inside joke then?

    • paperlions - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      It already feels like Jack Z has spent the last few off-seasons trolling Dave. Must be hard to be a Mariner’s fan these days. This story is just more evidence that they really have no idea what they are doing.

  3. largebill - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, but can’t think of any manager (or coach) who had been retired for any length of time who came out of retirement and had much notable success. Earl Weaver is the one example that come to mind of how returning from retirement is a bad idea.

  4. xpensivewinos - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, but can’t think of any manager (or coach) who had been retired for any length of time who came out of retirement and had much notable success. Earl Weaver is the one example that come to mind of how returning from retirement is a bad idea.
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    Jack McKeon…….briefly.

  5. beastmode5150 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Armstrong and Lincoln, what jokes…

  6. matttucker76 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    HoChuck, forever stuck in 1995…

  7. kevinbnyc - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    What the hell is scrimshaw?

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