After all those dirt-kicking, base-tossing tantrums, Lou Piniella is going out with more of a whimper.
This isn’t the way he envisioned his final days as the Chicago Cubs’ manager.
The team had bigger plans, too.
Piniella announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, completing a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.
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The 66-year-old Piniella, who made five trips to the World Series in his career and has three championship rings, said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family. He didn’t rule out consulting for the Cubs or another team, but made it clear he was getting out of the daily grind.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” he said. “There’s no way that I won’t cherish the memories here.”
But, he added: “I’ve been away from home since 1962. That’s about 50 years.”
General manager Jim Hendry said Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, now managing the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, will be a candidate for the job. He said Piniella’s replacement won’t be hired before the end of the season, but he hopes to have a manager in place by late October or early November.
“It’s not going to be a two-week process,” said Hendry, who new owner Tom Ricketts said will be back next year.
After Tuesday’s win against Houston, Piniella’s overall record was 1,827-1,691 (.519 percent). He trails Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers. The Cubs said Piniella will retire as the 14th-winningest manager in major league history.
Piniella had a 10-year run in Seattle, where his teams won at least 90 games four times. The Mariners went 116-46 in 2001 but lost in the American League Championship Series to the Yankees. His 1995 and 2000 Seattle teams also lost in the ALCS.
Philadelphia pitcher Jamie Moyer strained his left elbow and was removed after one inning of Tuesday’s 7-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. … Texas pitcher Dustin Nippert was put on the 15-day disabled list after being hit in the head by a line drive during Monday night’s game against Detroit. … Andy Pettitte landed on the 15-day DL because of a strained left groin, and the New York Yankees left-hander is expected to miss at least a month. … Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is back on the disabled list for what the team called “a significant strain” in his right calf suffered Friday at St. Louis. … The Detroit Tigers placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand.