Lou Piniella Could Be Named Manager In the Next Few Days
According to Paul Sullivan in a late report in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday night, the announcement of Lou Piniella becoming the 48th manager of the Cubs could come as early as today. Sullivan stated that the decision could come either Monday or Tuesday unless the two sides “hit a snag”. Joe Girardi is likely to take the Washington Nationals job but former Atlanta Brave player and coach, Terry Pendleton, could be the wild card there. Apparently Jim Hendry did not ask for permission to interview Bruce Bochy as speculated and it appears that the only contact Bob Brenly will have with the Cubs for the 2007 season will be from the booth.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the announcement will come Tuesday. According to Chris De Luca the negotiations between the Cubs and Piniella began on Sunday. The report also mentions the possible return of Larry Rothschild as pitching coach, because of their Cincinnati connection, and once the announcement is made the attention will turn to Aramis Ramirez. Mike Quade could end up on Piniella’s staff and another rumored name, Trey Hillman, is apparently the front-runner to take over for the Texas Rangers.
Bruce Miles is reporting that the day could be Wednesday and that Piniella will wear number 41 for the Cubs. According to Miles it will be a 3-year contract for the new Cubs’ skipper.
Will update if more information becomes available….