Lou Piniella retired on Sunday as the Manager of the Chicago Cubs to go home and spend some quality time with his ailing Mother.
“She hasn’t gotten any better since I’ve been here,” said Piniella, who turns 67 on Saturday. “She’s had a couple other complications, and rather than continue to go home, come back, it’s not fair to the team, it’s not fair to the players. So the best thing is just to step down and go home and take care of my mother.”
Now the big question most people are debating is, does Lou Piniella belong in the Hall of Fame? I don’t have a yes or no answer, simply because I dont’ believe he’ll stay retired for long. He’s going home to take care of his dying Mother, which is completely understandable, but what is he going to do when she passes away?
He’ll be back. Probably not with Chicago, but he will be back.
Chicago Cubs’ manager Lou Piniella has decided to retire at the end of this season. During his time as an MLB manager, Piniella has made five trips to the World Series and owns three championship rings.
“I’m proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career,” Piniella said. “But let me make one thing perfectly clear: Our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race.”
Piniella will never be remembered as the best manager ever, but he should find himself in the Hall of Fame someday. Most of his former players would agree.
“For me, he’s obviously a Hall of Fame manager and a great player,” Alex Rodriguez said. “He is a rare breed, a rare combination of a guy that played and played in New York, won a championship, and is proven and is tough — and is from Florida like me. I just have a lot of love and admiration for Lou.”
The rookie of the year awards have been announced; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was named American League rookie of the year and Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was named the National League rookie of the year.