The Chicago Cubs have formally announced they have signed Lou Piniella as manager. Piniella, who has a .517 winning pct as manager, has received word from the hierarchy in the Cubs chain-of-command they are committed to making a winning a team.
At first, I was skeptical about the signing of Piniella’s manager. But the thing the Cubs lacked this past season (in fact, for a while) is a fiery manager. Pinella is definitely a shot in the arm of an otherwise boring team.
He is definitely a better choice over the favorite son (Joe Giradi) and while I would have loved to have seen BB helm the Cubs, I think Piniella might be the guy the Cubs need to finally bring a World Series to Wrigleyville.
One thing is for certain, Piniella will be able to bring in his people and hopefully the Cubs management will continue to clean house and bring in new personnel. I would start with the medical staff. Something there isn’t right when you have two pitchers repeatedly on the DL.
Here’s to 2007. Let’s get some pitchers. One more thing, Go Tigers!