Cubs Manager Lou Piniella to Retire After Season

Lou Piniella will conclude more than 40 years of MLB presence at the end of the season. The Chicago Cubs manager announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring after the current season to spend more time with his family.

Piniella’s decision comes as the Cubs appear to be headed for another early vacation, although he vowed that there would be no let up in the team’s push for a pennant. The Cubs are currently in fourth place in the NL Central with a 42-52 record, ten games out of the lead. “Our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race,” he said, adding that he decided to finish the season because he signed on for four years. “I’m going to honor the contract,” he said.

Piniella has been a manager since 1986, starting with the New York Yankees. He has had stints with the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay Rays before joining the Cubs in 2007. Before becoming a manager, he was a player for 18 years and the AL Rookie of the Year in 1969.