November 4, 1989
John McNamara and Lou Piniella became major league managers again Friday, McNamara with the Cleveland Indians and Piniella with the Cincinnati Reds. McNamara, 57, got his sixth chance to manage a major league team when he was signed to a two-year contract, succeeding Doc Edwards, who was dismissed Sept. 12 as the Indians were on their way to finishing 73-89, sixth in the American League East and 16 games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays.
February 22, 1986
Horoaki Tominaga, a 21-year-old Japanese student, was going for his second title in two weeks Thursday when he took the starting line in the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York. He came up a little short. Out of 52 runners in the 86-floor race, Tominaga finished 52nd. It sort of figured. Tominaga stands 6-6 and weighs 264. The title he won the week before was a hot-dog eating contest at Coney Island. He ate 10 1/2 franks in 10 minutes. And how did he celebrate?
October 28, 1987
Michigan basketball Coach Bill Frieder is a card counter, and as such, he is not welcome at the casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Frieder, a big winner in blackjack because of his ability to remember all the cards, said he was barred in Las Vegas several years ago when he was an assistant at Michigan. He didn't leave empty-handed, however. He recruited Richard Rellford and Butch Wade, who helped him make Michigan's program a successful one.
October 1, 2005 |
Lou Piniella will not return as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays next season, a decision that had long been expected after he questioned ownership's commitment to winning. "We've got a new ownership group taking over. They need to bring in their own manager that they can grow with," Piniella said Friday night, when the Devil Rays began a season-ending series against the Baltimore Orioles at St. Petersburg, Fla.
August 13, 1992 |
Todd Benzinger is one Dodger who came to Cincinnati this week expecting to face the same kind of contender he saw in Atlanta. What he found, he said, is a team that could be wilting under the heat administered by Manager Lou Piniella. "The Reds look flat, like they are in the same position we are in," Benzinger said. "During times like these, having Lou there doesn't help much, either."
October 1, 1991 |
Tom Kelly, manager of the Minnesota Twins, said he will start Jack Morris in Game 1 of the American League playoffs, followed by Kevin Tapani and Scott Erickson. Tapani and Morris will pitch Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, at Chicago and Erickson will face Toronto on Friday. Morris will open the playoffs on four days' rest, while Tapani and Erickson will rest six days before their starts in Games 2 and 3.
July 19, 1990 |
On the eve of Pete Rose's sentencing for filing false income tax returns, the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds sat in his office at Riverfront Stadium Wednesday and responded to questions regarding his gambling activities. The scene was hauntingly familiar to last summer's media circus when the commissioner's office conducted a probe of the betting habits of Rose before suspending the then-Red manager for life.
October 31, 1989
Lou Piniella says he is interested in becoming the Cincinnati Reds' manager--if New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner will let him. Piniella managed the Yankees in 1986, 1987 and part of the 1988 season and is under contract to the Yankees as a special adviser to Steinbrenner at a reported salary of $400,000 for the next two years. "Sure, I would like to have that job--definitely," Piniella said. "That's a good ballclub. But a few things would have to fall into place."
November 15, 2001 |
Lou Piniella looked at Larry Bowa a year ago and saw a lot of himself in his third-base coach at Seattle. It turned out he was right--both wound up with Manager of the Year awards Wednesday. Piniella won the American League honor for the second time for leading the Mariners to a record-setting season, and Bowa won the National League award for keeping the surprising Philadelphia Phillies in playoff contention until the final three days of the season.
October 19, 2001 |
Relaxing at a racetrack, Lou Piniella might make an occasional hunch bet, but he will never play a hunch as manager of the Seattle Mariners. "Two things I don't do," Piniella said. "I don't manage with hunches and I don't have a doghouse." In other words, Piniella said, in weighing lineup options he believes strongly in how a hitter has performed against a pitcher over a legitimate period of time--at least a dozen at-bats.