The Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced Tuesday, July 20, that he will retire at the end of the 2010 MLB season.
Piniella, who is 66 years old and has been a major league baseball manager for 22 years, is looking forward to spending more time with his family, saying, “I’ve been away from home since 1962. That’s about 50 years.”
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” Piniella said about managing the Chicago Cubs. “There’s no way that I won’t cherish the memories here.”
“I’m proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career,” he said. “But let me make one thing perfectly clear: Our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race.”
Piniella is expected to retire as the 14th-winningest manager in major league history, currently with an overall record of 1,826-1,691 (.519).
Piniella giving his decision with still half the season to go, gives the Chicago Cubs plenty of time to seek a suitable replacement.
General manager Jim Hendry said Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, now managing the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, will be a candidate for the job. He said Piniella’s replacement won’t be hired before the end of the season, but he hopes to have a manager in place by organization meetings in late October or early November.
“I need to focus on what I’m doing here in Des Moines with these players and what my job is right now,” Sandberg said. “If the time came, if I was considered for that job in Chicago, I think that’d be a terrific thing just to be considered. The whole goal of any minor leaguer is to get to the major leagues, and I think that includes coaches and managers like myself.”