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Marc: Good Bye, Sweet Lou Piniella

Piniella, always worried about his pitching staff, hit upon the notion of going with a four-man rather than a five-man rotation. His next comment was priceless. ”Now at four in the morning it seemed to work for me,” Piniella said. “Whether it works at 7 o’clock at night or 1:30 in the afternoon, I’m not sure.” Exactly. What seems like gold at 4:00 a.m. often looks like something a lot less valuable in the cold light of day. In any event, we may never know if another of Lou’s middle-of-the-night brainstorms is a keeper, since he vows he is done with the dugout and, finally, really going to hang it up/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here. (AP file photo: Paul Beaty — On his next-to-last game as a Major League manager, Chicago Cubs Manager  Lou  Piniella yells at home plate  umpire  Dan Iassogna after Atlanta Braves Saturday.

Question: What do you remember fondly re: former Seattle Mariners manager Lou  Piniella, who retired from managing the Chicago Cubs Sunday?

Hi-Noon: Piniella Plans To Retire

Lou Piniella is retiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs effective at the end of the season, the Daily News has learned. The 67-year-old Piniella, who led the Cubs to NL Central division titles in 2007 and 2008, is in the last year of his contract and has endured a particularly stressful last two seasons in which so many of his high-paid players, including outfielder Alfonso Soriano, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and pitcher Carlos Zambrano have underperformed to their salaries. This year, the Cubs are mired in fourth place, 10 1/2 games back and Piniella, who is in the last year of his contract, wanted to end to the speculation about his future for the good of the organization/New York Daily News. More here. (AP file photo of Lou Piniella and Mark McLamore arguing w/ump during Mariner years, in 2002)

Question: Which baseball manager is your all-time favorite?

INorthwest Headlines — 7.20.10

Chicago Cubs manager Lou  Piniella is shown during a spring training baseball game, in Mesa, Ariz., this spring.  Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season.  Piniella announced his decision today before a game against the Astros. The 66-year-old manager says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. See story below. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)