Long-time Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella turned down, well, the Mariners opening managerial position, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
“I talked to them about the job, but that’s it,” Piniella told FOX Sports on Thursday night. “There was nothing else to it. It was just conversation, nothing more.”
Piniella spent ten seasons as the manager in Seattle and had a record of 1551-840 from 1993 to 2002. He managed such stars as Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and several others in leading the Mariners to three first place finishes in the AL West, including a 116 win season in 2001 and four postseason appearances.
Former Seattle manager Eric Wedge left the team and the Mariners are in search of a new head man. It won’t be “Sweet Lou”.
“No,” he said. “I’m happy doing what I’m doing, which is watching a little baseball, doing a little bit of television for the Yankees, 15 games or so a year. It keeps me involved a bit.”
According to Rosenthal, managerial candidates include former M’s and current Cincinnati pitching coach Bryan Price, Chicago White Sox bench coach and former Mariners player Joey Cora, and perennial managerial candidate San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, among others.
Lou Piniella also coached the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, and Chicago Cubs with the longest stint at any coming with the Cubs at 4 years.
Piniella compiled a record of 1835-1713 and won the World Series as manager of the Reds in 1990.