The Seattle Mariners made headlines yesterday when Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote a piece about the team courting Lou Piniella to fill its vacant managerial spot.
According to a team source, the Mariners did not make “a full-court press” on Piniella, which Rosenthal’s source said.
Team president Chuck Armstrong called Piniella to tell him he was going to be inducted in the Mariners hall of fame this upcoming season. Piniella said he thought he was calling about the vacant managerial position and managing the Mariners again. So Armstrong then asked Piniella if he was interested in managing the Mariners again. Piniella didn’t say no immediately and said he’d think about it. Armstrong called a day later and Piniella said he wasn’t interested in managing again.
The team source said the Mariners are exploring every option for managerial possibilities, but Piniella, who has made it clear before on numerous occasions that his managing days are done, wasn’t on the list of early options. because of that.