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Lou Piniella Biography

Born In Tampa, Florida, Wins Al Rookie Of The Year Award, Chronology, Awards And AccomplishmentsSELECTED WRITINGS BY PINIELLA:


American baseball player

After nearly four decades as a winning baseball player and manager, Lou Piniella finally went home in late October 2002, accepting a job as manager of his hometown Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Born and raised in Tampa, Piniella had his work cut out for him, trying to put the Devil Rays on a winning track. Since first taking to the ball field in the spring of 1998, the Devil Rays had compiled one of the most dismal records in the history of major league baseball. Tampa Bay area fans and team executives were hopeful that Piniella could do for the Devil Rays what he did for the Seattle Mariners-turn them into winners. As for Piniella himself, it was clear that he was glad to be back home again. "I would enjoy winning here more than anyplace else," Piniella told the St. Petersburg Times. "This is my hometown. This is where I'm going to live the rest of my life. This is where I'm going to die. This is where I'd like to get it done. I know we have a challenge ahead. I'm not naive enough to think this will be an overnight sensation. But at the same time, it's something that can be done. And it's something that when it's done, I'll take tremendous pride in. And I didn't say if, I said when."


(With Maury Allen) Sweet Lou. New York: Putnam's, 1986.

Sketch by Don Amerman

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