Piniella Takes the Helm in Chicago
Lou Piniella has apparently agreed to a 3-year deal to manage the Chicago Cubs.
This isn't necessarily good news to a number of M's blog commenters who pine for the intensity, the passion, and the insightful telecast commentary that makes Sweet Lou one of a kind.
It'll be interesting to see how he handles another group of young pitching prospects; remember that he was never given top marks in this subject even when the M's were winning. How will Rich Hill, Angel Guzman (if he stays), Sean Gallagher, etc. fare under Lou's tutelage? How about the position players, from Felix Pie to Brian Dopirak?
So what do you think - Devil Rays, mark 2? Or will he finally get Chicago's vaunted system to produce at the Major League level (in part by not working pitchers as hellishly as the departing Dusty Baker)?