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Lou Piniella

Lou Piniella (Baseball.  Born, Tampa, FL, Aug. 28, 1943.)  One of the most popular (and most combustible) of the Yankees champions in the 1970s, Louis Victor Piniella later became a noted manager.  Piniella was a highly-emotional but skilled outfielder who made major contributions to the Yankees’ pennant winners of 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1981.  Early in his career, he made brief stops in Baltimore (1964) and Cleveland (1968) but became an outfield regular with expansion Kansas City.  The Yankees acquired him Dec. 7, 1973, in a Gabe Paul deal that sent fading reliever Lindy McDaniel to Kansas City.  McDaniel saved a total of two games for the Royals.  Piniella played 11 years for the Yankees, hitting over .300 four times and .297 once.  He had 23 hits in 22 World Series games for the Yankees.  After his retirement, following the 1984 season, Piniella remained with the Yankees as a scout, hitting coach, manager, and general manager.  He managed in 1986-87 and, in relief of Billy Martin, in 1988 with a total record of 224-193.  In Nov. 1989 Piniella became the Cincinnati manager and won the 1990 World Series with the Reds.  He moved to Seattle (1995-2002) and then, in 2003, to his native Tampa Bay for three seasons.  As a player, Piniella had a lifetime .291 average in 1,747 games.

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