Lou Piniella said he wasn't leaving the game forever when he retired as Chicago Cubs manager last August, and apparently he's decided to join the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor to general manager Brian Sabean.
John Shea and the San Francisco Chronicle broke the story, and Piniella apparently will work from his Florida home. Being close to home and family has grown increasingly important to Piniella, 67, and it had to be part of his deal with the Giants.
It's exactly the kind of job Lou talked about having in his 'golden years,' as far back as when he managed the Seattle Mariners. The only surprise? Most folks expected it would be with the New York Yankees.
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After a long playing career in which he batted .291, Piniella managed the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Rays and Cubs, fracturing the English language and making friends throughout baseball.
Welcome back, Lou. The game will always need characters.