Piniella To Retire After Sunday's Game

CHICAGO (AP) - Cubs manager Lou Piniella is stepping down after

Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves so he can spend more time

with his family.

The 66-year-old Piniella made the announcement in a release

handed out by the team. Third base coach Mike Quade was promoted to

interim manager.

Piniella said last month he planned to retire at the end of the

season and reiterated his plans just Saturday. But he missed four

games in August to be with his ailing mom in Florida and it appears

he felt he needed to spend more time with her.

"I need to be home," Piniella said before Saturday's 5-4

victory over Atlanta. "My circumstances have changed a heck of a

lot the last year, especially the last month or so. I just need to

be home.

"I'm concerned about my mom. I love baseball but I love my

family. When you talk about your family, it's a little more

important than baseball, it's a lot more important."

Entering Sunday's game, Piniella's overall record was

1,835-1,712 (.517). He trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe

Torre in victories among active managers.

Piniella's record with the Cubs was 316-292. Under the mellowed

skipper, Chicago won consecutive NL Central titles in 2007-08, but

missed the playoffs last year and has struggled again this season

with a new owner in charge.

In 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a

manager, Piniella made five trips to the World Series and has three

championship rings.

Piniella began managing in 1986 with the Yankees and lasted

three years, including a stint as general manager. He managed the

Reds from 1990-92, leading them to a World Series championship in

his first season. He also got national attention during his time

there for a clubhouse wrestling match with reliever Rob Dibble, who

downplayed the incident and said "we've been family ever since."

After Cincinnati, Piniella had a long run in Seattle, where his

teams won at least 90 games four times and 116 in 2001. The

three-time manager of the year also spent three seasons in Tampa

Bay's dugout.

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