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Piniella Retiring After Today's Game

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 22, 2010 4:15PM

Somewhat stunning news out of Wrigley today where Lou Piniella will manage his final game as Cubs manager this afternoon after announcing he would retire effective at the conclusion of today's game. Citing family reasons, Lou will wrap up his stint as Cubs manager after today's game. In a statement, Lou said:

"When I previously announced my intentions to retire at the end of the season, a primary reason for my decision was that it would allow me to spend more valuable time with my family. That time has unfortunately gotten here sooner than I could have ever expected.

"As many know, the several weeks since that announcement was made have been very difficult on a family level, requiring two leaves of absence from the club. While I fully intended to manage this club the rest of the season, a family situation at home now requires my full attention."

Piniella missed one stretch recently to help tend to his ailing 90-year-old mother.