Chi-Ball blog is reporting that, “according to MLB sources,” Lou Piniella is strongly considering retiring after this season. The source claims Piniella has grown weary of the day-to-day operations of running a major league clubhouse.
1.) Piniella’s contract runs out this year [edit: the Cubs picked up his option for 2010, so his contract actually goes another two years. Thanks, MB], and he was somewhat relectant to re-enter the managerial world in the first place. He turns 66 this year. Based on those three things, it’s not entirely bold to predict this will be his last season, regardless of your sources.
2.) The author hedges *strongly* and says that Lou could still change his mind. Um, ok. So basically you’re saying he might retire, and he might not. Prediction: Alfonso Soriano will grow scales in 2009, and become Dino the Last Dinosaur. And he might not.
So ultimately, I shrug a bit on this one. Sure, Lou might retire. And he might not. But not for nothing – dude makes a whole lot of money to do what he does. A cool $4 million can make decisions tough.