According to a report from the Sun-Times, Lou Piniella has not shut the door on returning to the Cubs following the 2010 season. The Cubs exercised the fourth year option on Piniella’s contract prior to the end of the 2008 campaign … and many questioned if he would return for 2010 after a more than disappointing season a year ago.
Piniella dealt with one drama after the other and each one appeared to take a toll on him. Many felt he lost his desire to manage due to the lack of fire he’s shown during his baseball career. Lou Piniella spoke to the media during RedsFest on Friday night and left the possibility for a return open. Piniella said, “Let’s just wait and see.”
”Look, I wouldn’t manage this year if I didn’t have the competitiveness and the desire to win. I look forward to this team bouncing back from last year and playing really, really well and giving ourselves a chance in postseason again.”
”I don’t know [what it would take to want to return]. I like to talk about our baseball team, our organization. I don’t like to talk about myself. We’ll see what happens. I enjoy what I do, and as long as the organization is pleased — but let’s see. I’m 66 years old. I’m no spring chicken.”
The Cubs have not spoken with Piniella about a return following next season … but have not discussed with Piniella about 2010 being his last season either.
”We’ll see, but I’m really looking forward to this season, working with our new owner and his family and getting this team back on top again.”
”I met [Ricketts] in Phoenix [at the Cubs' organization meetings] about a month ago, and I came away very impressed. This is what the Cubs needed, a guy who’s been a Cub fan his whole life and who is competitive and has built a successful business, and now he wants to win with the Cubs. I’m looking forward to that transition.”
Tom Ricketts described Lou Piniella as “one of the best managers in the game” shortly after the family took over the organization. The Ricketts family is expected to “evaluate his front office and staff after next season.”
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