29 Facts About Lou Piniella


Louis Victor Piniella is a former professional baseball player and manager.

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Lou Piniella won the 1990 World Series championship with the Reds and led the Mariners to four postseason appearances in seven years.

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Lou Piniella captured back-to-back division titles during his time with the Cubs.

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Lou Piniella was named Manager of the Year three times during his career and finished his managerial career ranked 14th all time on the list of managerial wins.

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Lou Piniella was nicknamed "Sweet Lou", both for his swing as a major league hitter and, facetiously, to describe his demeanor as a player and manager.

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Lou Piniella grew up in West Tampa, and played American Legion baseball and PONY League baseball alongside fellow future major league manager Tony La Russa.

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Lou Piniella attended Jesuit High School in Tampa, where he played several sports and was an All-American in basketball.

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Lou Piniella was signed by the Cleveland Indians at age 18 as an amateur free agent on June 9,1962.

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Lou Piniella was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 expansion draft in October, but was traded after spring training on April 1 to the Kansas City Royals for John Gelnar and Steve Whitaker.

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Lou Piniella played for the Royals for their first five seasons and was the American League's Rookie of the Year in 1969 and was named to the 1972 All-Star Game.

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Lou Piniella was the first batter in Royals history; on April 8 of their first season in 1969, he led off the bottom of the first inning against left-hander Tom Hall of the Minnesota Twins.

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Lou Piniella doubled to left field, then scored on an RBI single by Jerry Adair.

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Lou Piniella received 2 votes for the Hall of Fame as a player in 1990.

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Lou Piniella managed the Yankees from 1986 to 1987; promoted to general manager to start the 1988 season, he took over as manager after the firing of Billy Martin on June 23.

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Under a new ownership group, Lou Piniella was introduced as the new manager of the Mariners in November 1992, and led the Seattle Mariners for ten seasons.

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Lou Piniella had a season remaining on his four-year $13 million contract from October 2002, but agreed to a $2.

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On October 16,2006, Lou Piniella agreed to a three-year contract to manage the Chicago Cubs for $10 million with a $5 million option for a fourth year in 2010.

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In 2010, Lou Piniella announced on July 20 his intention to retire as manager of the Cubs at season's end.

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On February 2,2011, Lou Piniella was hired by the San Francisco Giants as a special consultant.

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On February 5,2016, Lou Piniella rejoined the Cincinnati Reds as a special consultant.

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In 1989, Lou Piniella worked as a color analyst for Yankees telecasts on MSG Network.

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Lou Piniella was then an analyst with the network for the 2006 season, and joined Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons for the postseason.

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Lou Piniella stated that to expect Scutaro to continue playing well would be similar to finding a wallet on Friday and expecting to find another wallet on Saturday and Sunday.

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On February 22,2012, it was announced Lou Piniella would join the YES Network as an analyst for Yankees games.

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Lou Piniella married his wife Anita in 1967, and together they have three children.

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Lou Piniella suffered what was described as a "mini-stroke" in June 2017, but sufficiently recovered to resume his role as senior advisor to baseball operations with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2018 season.

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Lou Piniella has been a candidate for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee twice, in 2016 and 2018, but has thus far failed to be elected.

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Lou Piniella made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Little Big League.

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In 2009, Lou Piniella did a commercial for DirecTV and in 2018, commercials in the Seattle area for Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations, formerly Senior Housing Assistance Group, a non-profit senior citizen affordable living organization.

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