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
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
"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
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