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August 22, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Lou Piniella announces he’s done after today game

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This has nothing to do with the 2010 Mariners, but Cubs manager Lou Piniella obviously touched a great deal of folks in Seattle over the years. Well, this morning, not too long ago, he made the stunning announcement that he’s leaving the team after today’s game.
His mother is seriously ill in Tampa. Fla. and Piniella wants to be with her.
Mike Quade is to take over as interim manager.
Here is the press release from the Cubs, quoting Piniella:
“When I previously announced my intentions to retire at the end of the season, a primary reason for my decision was that it would allow me to spend more valuable time with my family,” said Piniella. “That time has unfortunately gotten here sooner than I could have ever expected. As many know, the several weeks since that announcement was made have been very difficult on a family level, requiring two leaves of absence from the club. While I fully intended to manage this club the rest of the season, a family situation at home now requires my full attention.
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“As I said last month, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the Cubs organization for providing me the opportunity to be their manager. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world and I consider this the ultimate way to end my managerial career.
“I am thankful to the Ricketts family for their support – Cubs fans are fortunate to have an owner like the Ricketts family to lead this organization for the long-term. I also couldn’t be more thankful to Jim Hendry for bringing me to Chicago. We enjoyed a great deal of success together and I’ll always value the relationship we had during our time together. Thank you to Crane Kenney and the Cubs front office for your support throughout the years.
“I couldn’t be more appreciative of my coaches and training staff. They have been professional and supportive. And thank you to my players for the successes we shared and their efforts.
“Finally, to the Cubs fans, thank you for four wonderful seasons. You are the best, most deserving fans in all of baseball and it has been an honor to manage your ballclub.”

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