Bob Brenly, who managed Arizona to a championship in 2001 and interviewed with the Cubs four years ago, is in the team’s broadcast booth.
Bench coach Alan Trammell and pitching coach Larry Rothschild have both managed in the majors.
“He’s done a very good job in the system the last four years,” Hendry said. “I have a lot of respect for the way he’s handled himself. A Hall of Fame player working in the minor leagues, he deserves to be a candidate.”
Sandberg is interested.
“I need to focus on what I’m doing here in Des Moines with these players and what my job is right now,” he 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.”
The 66-year-old Piniella, who made five trips to the World Series in his career and has three championship rings, is 1,827-1,691 overall and 308-271 with the Cubs after Tuesday’s 14-7 win over Houston. He trailed only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Torre in victories among active managers.
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.
Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who played for Piniella with the Mariners, called him “a Hall of Fame manager and a great player.”
Woody Woodward, who hired Piniella when he was Seattle’s GM, said, “He came out here and made believers out of the Northwest.”
Now, after three tough years in Tampa Bay and two in Chicago after a good start, Piniella’s career will likely end on a disappointing note.
“Everybody knows he’s not going to let up,” All-Star outfielder Marlon Byrd said. “It’s Lou Piniella. Have you seen one year where he’s let up in his playing career or his managing career?”View Entire Story
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