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May 4, 1991
Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella is interested in how the National League handles another ball-tossing incident that resulted in a fan injury at Riverfront Stadium.Reds reliever Rob Dibble was suspended for four games yesterday for hurling a baseball into the stands after a poor performance Sunday, hitting a first-grade teacher and bruising her elbow.Another fan was injured Wednesday night at Riverfront Stadium, when the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andy Van Slyke tossed him a ball as a favor, though players are forbidden to do so. The fan fell over the railing and landed on the field and was hospitalized for observation.
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August 24, 2010
Piniella vs. the curse Paul Sullivan Chicago Tribune We were nearing the end of Lou Piniella's first spring training as Cubs manager when we saw him conversing with a Japanese TV reporter near the Cubs dugout at HoHoKam Park. All of a sudden, Piniella started shouting "I don't believe in curses," and stepped on a stuffed animal that was supposed to represent a billy goat, grounding it into the dirt with his right foot. We were all shocked. As it turned out, Piniella, and later Ernie Banks, had been asked to snuff out the curse for a Japanese TV show.
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June 24, 1991
Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella lost patience yesterday with his players, suggesting in an profanity-filled tirade that they stop worrying about themselves and start thinking more about the team.Piniella erupted during a group interview with reporters after an 8-4 victory over the Montreal Expos that left Cincinnati six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.Piniella was in a lighthearted mood immediately after the game, but a question about reliever Randy Myers turned him sour.
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By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES | November 13, 2008
Maddon, Piniella earn managerial honors baseball Joe Maddon easily won the American League Manager of the Year award yesterday after guiding the Tampa Bay Rays from baseball's basement to the World Series. Lou Piniella of the Chicago Cubs took the National League honor. Maddon, who succeeded Piniella as Tampa Bay manager in 2006, was a runaway winner in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He received all but one of the 28 first-place votes - the other went to the Minnesota Twins' Ron Gardenhire.
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August 7, 1991
The head of the major-league umpires' union demanded punishment yesterday for Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella and threatened to sue him for accusing an umpire of bias.Richie Phillips, executive director of the umpires' union, asked // National League president Bill White to punish Piniella severely for calling umpire Gary Darling's integrity into question."I've asked Bill to move swiftly and severely," Phillips said. "The union's position is that what Piniella has said about Darling is absolutely reprehensible, and something has to be done."
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By John Eisenberg | October 5, 1997
Mariners manager Lou Piniella has settled on a new approach to trying to beat the Orioles in their American League Division Series.He's going to pretend that the airline lost his bullpen during his cross-country trip from Seattle after Game 2.That's right, he's going to tell everyone that he checked his relief pitchers at the ticket counter along with the rest of his luggage, boarded his flight and flew east to Baltimore only to discover that the airline had...
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August 8, 1991
National League umpire Gary Darling and his union filed a $5 million defamation suit against Lou Piniella yesterday because the Cincinnati manager said Darling was biased against the Reds.The suit, filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, alleges that Darling's reputation was "severely damaged" by Piniella's remarks made after the Reds' 7-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.Meanwhile, Piniella met with NL president Bill White in Cincinnati yesterday and issued a conciliatory statement, only to be informed after that meeting that the suit had been filed.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1995
CLEVELAND -- Mariners manager Lou Piniella promised after Game 4 Saturday that he would make lineup changes for Game 5, and he delivered.* Second baseman Joey Cora, who usually hits second, moved up and batted leadoff. Vince Coleman, normally the leadoff hitter, was benched, due to his poor hitting (.063) and extremely weak play in left field. Cora went 1-for-4 and scored a run last night.* Slumping designated hitter Edgar Martinez was moved from fourth to second. Martinez, the hitting star of the divisional series against the New York Yankees, went into last night's game batting 1-for-15, with exactly no RBIs.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 13, 1990
CINCINNATI -- A bizarre, last-minute pitching change by the Pittsburgh Pirates last night turned Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in a chess match between Jim Leyland and Lou Piniella. There were moves, counter-moves and even some hint that the Pirates' maneuvers were unethical.Leyland decided to start righty Ted Power against the Cincinnati Reds, even though he had indicated after Game 5 that lefty Zane Smith would pitch. The Pirates went so far as to send Smith to Thursday's off-day press conference, and had him answer questions and otherwise misrepresent himself as the Game 6 starter.
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By Bill Tanton | October 16, 1990
CINCINNATI'S Lou Piniella should not only be voted NL Manager of the Year but the top skipper in the majors as well. In a year when he switched to a new league as well as to a new team, he won the pennant despite the spring training lockout and his star, Eric Davis, having his worst year. Now Piniella's familiarity with the AL and Oakland will be an advantage in the World Series.The Oakland ballclub is so good it's taking the fun out of it for everybody else. When the A's, who were already the best team in the majors, added Willie McGee and Harold Baines on the same day in August, they made the rest of the season almost pointless.
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By Chicago Tribune | October 2, 2008
Chicago - The Chicago Cubs brought a heavy hitter to Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon, asking the Rev. James L. Greanias, a Greek Orthodox priest from St. Iakovos Church in Valparaiso, Ind., to spread holy water around the dugout to remove an alleged curse that has hovered over the ballclub since its last World Series appearance in 1945. But after Ryan Dempster couldn't find the plate and their hitters took another siesta in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of their National League Division Series, the Cubs might want to get out of the curse-removal business and concentrate on the game itself.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | January 20, 2008
The Chicago Cubs are holding their version of FanFest this weekend, with the catchy name "Cubs Convention," and local reporters who cover the team were given an interesting story angle Friday night, courtesy of manager Lou Piniella. Piniella basically left the impression that trade talks for Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts are dead. He doesn't expect the team to add another infielder and seems resigned to taking the current roster to spring training. His remarks were on the record.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | October 18, 2006
I'm a big Lou Piniella fan, and not just because he became my newest fellow employee when the Chicago Cubs (a Tribune Company subsidiary) announced yesterday that the team had signed him to a three-year, $10 million contract to replace Dusty Baker as manager. I love Lou because he is everything a new manager should be, including slightly delusional. He proved that during his introductory news conference when he basically guaranteed that the Cubs would win under his command. Steve Bartman was unavailable to comment.
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September 25, 2005
For most of the year, the Chicago White Sox's Ozzie Guillen has been considered the favorite for American League Manager of the Year. Now, some are labeling Guillen and his team with another title: chokers. It's not something the fiery Guillen is taking lightly. "Choking is when you have seven kids and no job," he said. "That's choking. This is baseball." On Aug. 1, the White Sox held a 15-game lead in the American League Central. They've gone 23-25 since, while the upstart Cleveland Indians went 34-12 and cut the White Sox's lead to 1 1/2 games entering Friday.
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By Rick Maese | September 16, 2005
PREDICTING the Orioles' future is about as easy as spotting Robert Frost poetry in a bowl of alphabet soup. But it's certainly possible, perhaps even likely, that the future manager of the Orioles will be on the field tonight at Camden Yards. I just can't tell you which dugout he's sitting in. On the third base side, wearing a Tampa Bay Devil Rays cap - at least for the next three weeks - is Lou Piniella. Across the diamond is his understudy and friend, Sam Perlozzo, the Orioles' interim manager.
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August 21, 2005
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays aren't exactly known for historic wins or for making manager Lou Piniella happy. On Wednesday, though, they accomplished both. Their second consecutive comeback victory against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field also served as Piniella's 1,500th managerial victory. He is the 18th manager to reach that mark and just the third person in baseball history to have 1,500 hits as a player and 1,500 wins as a manager. The other two are Hall of Famer Fred Clarke and the Yankees' Joe Torre.
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By Seattle Times | July 20, 1995
SEATTLE -- Questions about Lou Piniella's future with the Seattle Mariners are coming not from the Kingdome but from a few blocks away: the King County Courthouse.An affidavit filed in Superior Court contends that the manager plans to leave after this season for a team in Florida, in part because laws there would prevent creditors from garnisheeing his wages to pay off a business debt of nearly $350,000.Piniella acknowledged the debt but denied he is heading to the Florida Marlins, the new club in Tampa Bay, or any other team.
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By Newsday | October 15, 1990
Cincinnati manager Lou Piniella and general manager Bob Quinn received telegrams from George Steinbrenner before the playoffs. Piniella on Sunday decided to share the message: "Good luck, Lou. You've been there before. Play like Fenway in '78."The message to Quinn was in response to a phone conversation Quinn and Steinbrenner had after the Reds clinched the National League West title. "I had called him," Quinn said. "I wanted to thank him for giving me a job because I wouldn't have gotten this job if I hadn't had that one. His telegram said congratulations and good luck and that the phone call from me was one of the most meaningful he'd ever received in baseball."
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June 26, 2005
This offseason took Buddy Groom by surprise. Groom understood the reality: He was nearly 40. He had had a subpar season with the Orioles in 2004, posting a 4.78 ERA while lefties hit a robust .333 against him. It was clear why the Orioles declined his $3 million option last November. But when they offered him only a non-roster invitation to spring training, Groom was taken aback. He looked for a better deal. He was, after all, the rarest of baseball breeds: a durable left-handed reliever.
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June 19, 2005
With about three weeks until the All-Star Game, two Orioles are locks to make the American League roster: shortstop Miguel Tejada and second baseman Brian Roberts. Two others, closer B.J. Ryan and third baseman Melvin Mora, deserve spots as well. The Orioles haven't had four representatives since Cal Ripken, Harold Baines, Mike Mussina and B.J. Surhoff in 1999. They haven't had more than one since 2000. A fifth selection seems unlikely, but a case can be made for Orioles left-hander Bruce Chen, who didn't officially make the roster until the last weekend in spring training and has emerged as the most consistent pitcher on a first-place club.
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