Marc Topkin did a Q&A with Lou Piniella. Here is a snip:
How about your chances to make the Hall of Fame (as a manager)?
My numbers are there. I finished 14th all time, over 1,800 wins, won a world championship, won 116 games in a season, which was only done one other time. But I’m in with a tough group. I’ve got (Tony) La Russa, my good buddy, I’ve got Joe Torre, I’ve got Bobby Cox. These guys have had great, great careers. So we’ll see what happens. But if you ask me, if you look at other managers that have gotten in, you look at their resumes, mine is as impressive or more impressive.
Sounds like it would mean a lot to you?
It would mean a lot to anybody. It’s the epitome of what you work for. Just to be considered is a good warm and fuzzy feeling.
Ten years ago, I thought Lou had a case for Cooperstown. If they do it, I just hope they do it while he is still alive.