After the 2010 season, Major League Baseball will look different. Two managers are calling it quits: Lou Piniella, Manager of the Chicago Cubs, and Bobby Cox, Manager of the Atlanta Braves. Cox and Piniella had great careers as players and coaches. But one of them decided to leave a little early.
Lou Piniella decided to call it quit after the Cubs-Braves game on August 22 against Atlanta. He was going to retire after this season, but decided to retire now because of family issues. Piniella managed 27 years in the Major Leagues for Cincinnati, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and the Chicago Cubs. He also played in the Major Leagues for four teams from 1964-1984. He was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1969 while he was with the Royals. People loved to see him argue with the umpires because he was so animated and got in the umpires’ faces. One time he got so mad, he kicked dirt on the ump and literally threw first base while he was managing the Mariners. Piniella’s last game as manager was a 16-5 losing effort to the Braves and Cox at Wrigley Field. After the game, he tipped his cap to Cox and walked several stairs down to the clubhouse one last time. Piniella cried a little after the game. His managerial record was 1,835 wins and 1,713 losses.
Meanwhile, Cox announced his retirement on September 23, 2009. Cox has managed for 32 years in the big leagues for Atlanta and Toronto. He played for the New York Yankees from 1968 to 1969, mostly at third base. Cox was named Manager of the Year four times in 1985, 1991, 2004, and 2005. Also, Cox led the Braves to the World Series in 1991, but the Twins beat his team in seven games. Cox also is known for his arguments. He has been ejected more than 150 times in his career! Cox managed his final game at the friendly Convines on August 22 where his team won. Whenever this season ends for the Braves, Cox will retire after a glorious managerial career.
Cox and Piniella were the only two managers left who were considered “old-school” coaches — those who coached before the steroid era. So long, Bobby and “Sweet Lou”!
Written by: Michael L. Sack