REPORT: Seattle Mariners made a run at Lou Piniella for manager

  • David Whitlock

The Seattle Mariners, who currently have no manager after 2013 skipper Eric Wedge resigned, apparently turned to former (and currently  retired) manager Lou Piniella to retake the helm for the 2014 season.  According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mariners made a “full court press” to bring back their most successful manager in franchise history:

“I talked to them about the job, but that’s it,” Piniella told FOX Sports on Thursday night. “There was nothing else to it. It was just conversation, nothing more.”

Asked if he would consider managing again

“No,” Piniella said. “I’m happy doing what I’m doing, which is watching a little baseball, doing a little bit of television for the Yankees, 15 games or so a year. It keeps me involved a bit.”

Lou Piniella was the most successful Mariners manager in franchise history (Credit: AP)

Lou Piniella was the most successful Mariners manager in franchise history
(Credit: AP)

If he did show interest, a job with a more immediate return might be the Washington Nationals or Cincinnati Reds, both of which have made the playoffs in recent years, and have a young, core talent that experts feel could make a deep postseason run as early as 2014 if it all came together.  Ironically, Piniella is only a few months younger than Nationals retiring manager Davey Johnson (both are 70-years-old).  And as for Cincinnati, Piniella managed the Reds to their last title in 1990.

With the Mariners, Piniella won 840 games over the 10 years, by far the most for any Mariners skipper before or since.  His teams from the late 1990s to the early 2000s featured future Hall of Famers like Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodriguez.  It was during this span that the Mariners made their only four postseason appearances in franchise history, none resulting in an American League Pennant.

Lou Piniella ranks 14th all time on the manager win list with 1835, just ahead of Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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