Lou Piniella has officially retired.
Although Piniella first said he was retiring at season's end, due to family issues, he decided to call it quits as of yesterday. Third Base Coach Mike Quade will be at the helm for the remainder of the season.
And although his final season with the Chicago Cubs (51-74) has been a disappointing one, Piniella has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to his managerial career, which spans 23 seasons.
Here are a few highlights:
- Had an overall record of 1835-1713 (.517) with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and the Cubs.
- Won a Pennant and a World Series Title in 1990 with the Reds.
- Won a major league record 116 regular season games with the 2001 Mariners.
- Took the Mariners to the playoffs 4 times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001), including three trips to the ALCS (1995, 2000, 2001).
- Had an overall record of 316-293 with the Cubs (.519), including back-to-back NL Central titles in 2007 and 2008.
But like so many before him, his stint in Chicago was somewhat bittersweet because in 4 seasons he failed to bring the Cubs that elusive World Series championship. His record with the Cubs would probably be acceptable in many other places, but in Chicago (102 years and counting) anything less than a championship is a letdown. And quite frankly, understandably so.
But the show must go on....
And as of 2011, let the Ryne Sandberg era begin.
Will Ryno get the job?
And will he be the one to take the Cubs to the promised land?
For some reason, I think it's DESTINY in the making. Who better than one of the greatest Cubs of all-time to lead them to a championship, which he came so close (twice) to winning as a player?
I say, give Ryno the job.
And then there's the billy goat....
Hang in there buddy! Like the Babe over in Boston, you will soon be vindicated.
I just hope it happens in my lifetime.
Photos courtesy of the AP