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Sweet Lou (Piniella) Retires Mid-Season From Chicago Cubs and Baseball. Who Will Replace Him?

Lou Piniella stepped down Sunday afternoon bringing an end to what might be a Hall of Fame career as a Baseball Manager. In 23 seasons at the helm Piniella has won 6 Division Titles (regular season), 1 NL Pennant, 1 World Series Championship (both with the same team – 1990 Cincinnati Reds), and was over .500 in 15 of those 23 seasons to finish his career with a .517 winning percentage. Career numbers like that are impressive in any matter but when you consider he has managed some of the worst franchises in sports history for numerous years you begin to understand the fascination with the 66 (67 on Saturday) year old baseball lifer. Piniella’s retirement, which was originally announced for the close of the season, was spead up prior to Sunday’s game so that he can deal with family issues.

Since the moment Piniella took a final wave at Wrigley Field  and stepped back into the dugout  for the last time speculations have been swirling in regards to who will be the next manager of the “Loveable Losers”. The team is in decent shape with few positions that need a complete overhaul, Chicago is a great city to live and work in, expectations are low as the Cubs haven’t won a World Series Championship in 102 years (longest drought in North American Professional Sports history), and should you win you have basically guaranteed yourself a job for life.

So who do you think will take over the job as the next Manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2011?

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August 23, 2010 - Posted by | Chicago Cubs, Coaches, Lou Piniella, Managers, MLB, New York Yankees, Uncategorized

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