Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lou Piniella's Retirement

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.

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