Cubs manager Lou Piniella criticized longtime Chicago baseball analyst Steve Stone for questioning how he’s handling prized rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin.
Piniella took exception Friday to recent comments Stone made to Comcast SportsNet when he reiterated Colvin should be playing regularly, something he has said repeatedly.
“We’ve got a lot of people here that haven’t managed and won any games in the big leagues that know everything,” Piniella said before Friday’s game against the White Sox. “I think they should try to put the uniform on and try this job, and see how they like it when they get criticized unjustly. That’s all I’ve got to say about that issue.”
Actually, he had plenty more.
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He said he’s tired of being “nitpicked” about Colvin, who was not in the lineup Friday against the White Sox. Colvin is batting .290 with six homers and 16 RBIs in limited playing time.
Piniella didn’t budge from that subject, even when someone asked about struggling White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
“And another thing I’m going to say – I won over 1,800 games as a manager, and I’m not a damn dummy,” Piniella said. “That, I can tell you. OK? There are only 13 others that have won more games than me, so I guess I think I know what the hell I’m doing. All right?”
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