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Monday, October 16, 2006

What???

The Cubs have hired a new manager, Lou Piniella. The firey manager of such teams as the New York Yankees (why don't I remember that?), Seattle Mariners, Cincinnatti Reds, and Tampa Bay Devil rays is now the manager of the Chicago Cubs. He was currently a commentator for FOX Sport currently covering the baseball playoffs.

Unlike Dusty Baker (who had left his position with the San Francisco Giants after leading them to the 2002 World Series) and unlike even Ozzie Guillen (who after his first two years as a major league manager won a world series). Piniella actually has led a team to the world series and won. He at least has a winning record just like Dusty Baker.

Let's hope this makes a difference. This news comes from the Chicago Tribune. Let me just add that this will be officially announced on Tuesday.

From the Tribune..

The Cubs and Lou Piniella have come to terms on a three-year deal worth an estimated $9 million, major-league sources told the Tribune.
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The 63-year-old Piniella was the Cubs' top choice from the beginning of their search, and he got the nod over San Diego manager Bruce Bochy and former Florida manager Joe Girardi.

Piniella will be allowed to bring in his own coaching staff, and is expected to hire his former right-hand man, John McClaren, as his bench coach. Piniella is acknowledged as one of the game's top strategists, and frequently plays hunches over the percentages.

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