A little piece of amusing/interesting news came out on Thursday night.
According to FoxSport’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners contacted Lou Piniella about returning to manage the team.
From his story …
One source with knowledge of the discussions described the Mariners’ pursuit of Piniella as “a full-court press.”
Piniella, however, declined the Mariners’ overtures.
“I talked to them about the job, but that’s it,” Piniella told FOX Sports on Thursday night. “There was nothing else to it. It was just conversation, nothing more.”
Piniella, 70, said he does not want to manage again.
“No,” he said. “I’m happy doing what I’m doing, which is watching a little baseball, doing a little bit of television for the Yankees, 15 games or so a year. It keeps me involved a bit.”
I really don’t know what to say. Going back to Piniella is far from moving forward in thinking. Piniella is the only manager to lead the Mariners to the postseason, doing so on four different occasions. He is beloved in this city. And almost every game, I hear from a fan, pondering what Lou would have done in a similar situation. But that doesn’t make him the best option for the Seattle going forward.
Obviously, the cynical thought from fans will be to point out that this is another case of the team not willing to let go of 1995 and 2001. And that bringing Lou back is nothing more than a public relations move to get fans thinking about the happy, glory of days past and try to forget about the mediocrity of the present. It’s hard not to dismiss that thinking.
Conversely, if the Mariners were just looking for a manager for a year or two, then someone like Piniella, who isn’t looking for a long term commitment, could be seen as a fit. Still, this whole situation seems a little absurd and a bit of a reach.
At age 70, Piniella has no interest in managing anymore. And he certainly would have no interest in managing a team like the Mariners that is filled with young, inexperienced and unproven players. Could you imagine Lou’s reaction to a Tom Wilhelmsen or Yoervis Medina base-runner-filled relief outing? Or how about the cavalcade of fielding mistakes we saw this season?
It would make life much more enjoyable and my job more interesting. But it probably isn’t the best thing for the Mariners.