For those of you who haven't heard, Lou Piniella has announced his retirement. At the end of this season he will be leaving his every day job as a manager, although possibly becoming some type of consultant in the future.
His retirement poses an interesting question, that question being: Does Lou Piniella belong in the Hall of Fame?
Obviously Piniella's numbers as a player do not get him into the Hall of Fame. He was a serviceable player, but didn't produce any eye-popping numbers. However, his managerial career has quite a few milestones that should certainly put him into consideration for the Hall of Fame.
The following are all things that I feel will support Piniella's candidacy for the Hall of Fame:
-He has the 14th most wins all time for any manager, at 1,826.
-He was the manager of the 116-win Seattle Mariners team in 2001, still the record for most wins in the regular season.
-He won a World Series in 1990 when he was with the Cincinatti Reds
-He won "Manager of the Year" Award three times (1995, 2001, 2008).
Overall, I think it's fairly clear that with all of these credentials, Piniella certainly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.