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Lou Piniella - Hired To Manage The Reds

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Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds hired Piniella as manager in 1989, setting the stage for one of the high points of the Tampa native's managerial career. He guided the Reds to a world championship in 1990, his first season as manager. Shortly after the end of the 1992 season, Piniella was hired to manage the Seattle Mariners and three years later led the team to its first division title ever, coming out on top of the AL West. For this accomplishment Piniella was honored with the AL Manager of the Year Award, which he again received in 2001. In Seattle Piniella was reunited with fellow Tampan, Tino Martinez, who grew up in a home across the street from Piniella.

Piniella returned to Tampa Bay confident that in time he could groom the hapless Devil Rays into a championship team. Though many had their doubts, Paul Straub, Piniella's basketball coach at Jesuit High School, voiced optimism that Sweet Lou was the right man for the job. He told the Tampa Tribune: "Having a local man like Lou will give hope he can bring them back. They need that right now."

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