This is Piniella's first season at the helm of the Chicago Cubs. He is the 50th manager in Cubs history.
His 1,519 managerial victories entering the 2007 season rank fourth among active managers behind Tony LaRussa (2,297), Bobby Cox (2,171) and Joe Torre (1,973). Piniella ranks 18th overall in total wins in Major League history. He became just the 18th manager to reach the 1,500-win mark, earning that win on August 17, 2005, in a 7-6 win vs. the New York Yankees in Tampa Bay.
Piniella has gone to the postseason 10 times during his Big League career (five times as a manager and five times as a player). He has gone to five World Series, once as a manager (1990, Cincinnati). He won championship rings as an outfielder with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and as a manager with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He is a two-time Baseball Writers Association of America American League Manager of the Year selection and two-time The Sporting News Manager of the Year, winning both awards in 1995 and 2001.
Piniella received All-Star recognition four times - as a player in 1972, twice as a member of the AL's coaching staff (2000 and 2001), and as the NL manager for the 1991 Midsummer Classic at Skydome in Toronto, Piniella and his wife, Anita, are involved in numerous charities in the Tampa Bay area. He has served as the chairman of the Abilities Golf Tournament in St. Petersburg. He is also an active spokesperson on behalf of prostate cancer awareness and for Heartbeat International, an organization that helps provide pacemakers for those around the world who cannot otherwise afford one.
He graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa where he was a prep All-American in basketball. He played Pony League, American Legion and Colt League with Tony LaRussa and Kenny Suarez in West Tampa. Piniella attended the University of Tampa and was named to the NCAA College Division II All-America squad in baseball. He led the Cincinnati Reds goodwill tour to Gifu, Japan, in November of 1991.
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