Flashback #70: Cubs Hire Lou Piniella (2006)
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October 17, 2006 – Cubs hire Lou Piniella
With Dusty Baker out as Cubs manager following a disappointing 2006 season in which the team finished last in the NL Central with a record of 66-96, the Cubs announced the hiring of Lou Piniella as the club’s new skipper.
The 63-year-old Piniella, who worked as an analyst for FOX Sports during the 2006 playoffs, sat out the 2006 campaign after negotiating out of the final year of a three-year contract with the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Piniella jumped at the chance to manage the Cubs, agreeing to a three-year deal worth a reported $9 million.
At his introductory press conference, Piniella appealed to the Cubs fan by saying: “Long-suffering Cubs fans, they’ve got great, great passion. I saw that this summer, first-hand, here in the broadcast booth here and we’re going to win here.
“We’re going to work hard to put a good team together on the field and when we go to spring training, we’re going to work hard and get this thing moving in the right direction.”
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