Lou Piniella Retires

Lou Piniella ended close to 50 years of presence in the MLB on Sunday, retiring after the Chicago Cubs’ 16-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field in order to give undivided attention to her ailing mother.

Piniella, 66, had initially planned to finish the season before closing the book on his 48-year career as a player and manager, but the deteriorating health of his mother prompted him to announce on Saturday that he would retire immediately after the Sunday match. Piniella, who is known for his fiery and unrelenting attitude that often led to arguments with officials, could not help but become emotional after the game. “I cried a little bit after the game. You get emotional. I’m sorry, I’m not trying to be,” he said.

Piniella started his MLB career in 1962 when he was signed by the Cleveland Indians, but did not play his first Major League game until two years later while playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He retired as a player in 1984 and started his career as manager two years later for the New York Yankees, the last team he played for. He won two World Series as a player for the Yankees and another one as a manager for the Cincinnati Reds.