Lou Piniella Announces Retirement: Send Him Home Now

July 22, 2010 by  

I guess yesterday's news involving Lou Piniella ending all doubt and saying he will not be back next year is good news for me. I won't have to write anymore "fire Lou Piniella" columns.

But why is he still in Chicago? What is to be gained by that?

The team he has managed is going nowhere. They have been lifeless all year, and now they are playing for a lame-duck manager.

What is there to inspire them to play hard the rest of the way?

They know Piniella won't have any say if they're around next year. Jim Hendry will be evaluating them, and according to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, he will be back next year.

I don't know how much hope that inspires in Cub fans, along with the news that team president Crane Ke...

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