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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)
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.
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