Lou Piniella back in the dugout? The Seattle Mariners recently contacted Piniella about the possibility asking him to come out of retirement to manage their team again. One source with knowledge of the discussions described the Mariners’ pursuit of Piniella as “a full-court press.” Piniella however declined the Mariners’ overtures. “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.” Piniella 70 said he does not want to manage again. “No” he 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.” The Mariners are one of four clubs looking for a manager along with the Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. The Seattle job came open when Eric Wedge informed club officials that he would not return avoiding a likely dismissal. Piniella managed the M’s from 1993 to 2002 leading the club to its only four postseason appearances and to a 116-win regular season in ’01. He is the only manager in the Mariners’ 37-year history to last more than four seasons. His reign in Seattle ended when the Mariners traded him and infielder Antonio Perez to the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays for outfielder Randy Winn on Oct. 28 2002 enabling Piniella to return home to Tampa to be with his ailing father.
Piniella declines Mariners' overtures
Fox Sports | Oct 11