Baseball great, Lou Piniella, was born on
August 28, 1943, in Tampa, Florida. Pinella is currently the manager of the
Chicago Cubs and a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He has been
nicknamed "Sweet Lou," both for his swing as a major league hitter
and, facetiously, to describe his demeanor as a player and manager. He
presently ranks 14th all-time on the list of Managerial Win.
Lou Piniella has been ejected 61 times in
his managerial career because of his often aggressive and sometimes explosive
behavior. Among active managers, only Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and all-time
leader Bobby Cox have received more ejections. He often sends his pitching
coach to remove a pitcher from the game. He once got into a clubhouse scuffle
with pitcher Rob Dibble while with the Reds, which was caught on video, ending
with the two being pulled apart and Lou screaming, "You don't want to be
treated like a man!"
Lou Pinella has amassed a 1,604-1,497 (.517)
managerial record in 20 seasons with the New York Yankees (1986-1988),
Cincinnati Reds (1990-1992), Seattle Mariners (1993-2002), Tampa Bay Devil Rays
(2003-2005) and Chicago Cubs (2007).
Lou Pinella is the only manager to lead two
teams to wire-to-wire finishes, accomplishing the feat with Cincinnati in 1990 and
Seattle in 2001...Prior to 2007, managed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from
2003-2005, compiling a 200-285 record...The Devil Rays received the rights to
negotiate with Lou, along with shortstop Antonio Perez, from the Seattle
Mariners in exchange for outfielder Randy Winn...The transaction was agreed
upon on October 18, 2002, and was contingent upon the Rays reaching an
agreement with Piniella...On June 26, 2004, the Devil Rays became the first
club in major league history to climb over .500 after being 18 or more games
under .500...Led the Rays to a 20-6 (.769) mark in June of 2004, a franchise
record and Lou's second-best record in any month...He went 20-5 (.800) with
Seattle in April 2001.
Prior to his stint at Tampa Bay, Lou Pinella
led the Seattle Mariners to four post-season appearances over 10 seasons from
1993-2002...His 840 victories with Seattle is a franchise record and were eight
more wins than the previous eight Mariners managers combined...Led the Mariners
to 300 victories over three seasons from 2000-2002, including a MLB
record-tying 116 wins in 2001...His 1995 club became the first Seattle team to
advance to the postseason...Guided the Cincinnati Reds to their most recent
World Championship in 1990, his first of three seasons as the Reds manager...The
Reds' pennant in 1990 was the club's first since 1976...The 1990 club set a
team record with nine straight wins to begin the season and became the first
team in N.L. history to go wire-to-wire in a 162-game format.
Lou Pinella began his managerial career with
the New York Yankees, leading the club from 1986-1988...Led the Yankees to a
90-72 mark in 1986, good for second in the A.L. East and fifth-best in the
majors...Won the Baseball Writers' Association of America American League
Manager of the Year Award after the 1995 and 2001 seasons...Also won The
Sporting News' A.L. Manager of the Year honors in 1995 and 2001...Prior to
managing the Yankees, he was the team's hitting instructor and a player with
New York in 1981...Became a full-time coach after his retirement in 1984.