• Lou Piniella For Cooperstown?

    Posted by on February 1st, 2013 · Comments (2)

    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.

    Comments on Lou Piniella For Cooperstown?

    1. MJ Recanati
      February 1st, 2013 | 8:20 am

      I have no idea what the criteria should be for managers making the HOF. Piniella was extremely successful with the M’s and Reds, and had a decent run with the Cubs that was affected by some unfortunate luck in the NLDS in consecutive years. The Rays sucked under him but he also never had the players to work with. His time in New York was a mixed bag of unstable ownership, a revolving door of players, and some decent seasons that just came up short (in the days before the wild card).

      I suppose he’s a HOF’er based on the totality of his managerial career although, as he concedes, La Russa, Torre, and Cox all had better managerial careers (to varying degrees).

    2. Raf
      February 2nd, 2013 | 11:11 am

      Yeah, if LaRussa, Torre & Cox are his contemporaries, he comes up short. Comes up fairly short when compared to other HoF managers as well; I don’t see him in the same class as Huggins, Stengel, Williams, Weaver, or Herzog. Didn’t have the longevity or identity of Weaver (again), Lasorda, Alston, or Anderson.

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