MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that Cubs manager and longtime baseball personality Lou Piniella will coach his final game today versus the Atlanta Braves.
-Piniella, 66, announced earlier this season that it would be his last as a manager in baseball. Today, however, he declared he will step down following the conclusion of the game, being replaced by third base coach Mike Quade on an interim basis.
-Having over 1,800 wins in his career, Lou is one of the most successful managers of all-time. Since 1986, he has coached the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Devil Rays, and most recently the Cubs. He won one World Series title, that coming in 1990 with the Reds.
-Additionally, he spent over 20 seasons as a player, being one of the cornerstones of the infamous “Bronx Zoo” 1977 New York Yankees.
With Lou’s retirement, baseball loses one of the most elaborate characters its ever had. Be it from throwing bases to kicking dirt on umpires, Lou gave baseball a figure to remember for all of time.
We wish Lou the best with his future endeavors.