Manager Lou Pinella made it official today – he will retire from being a MLB manager after the 2010 MLB schedule. This is Pinella’s 4th and final year as the Cubs manager. Pinella led the Cubs to 2 straight NL Central division wins in 2007 and 2008, but each year the squad was swept out of the playoffs without winning a single game. The team finished with a winning record in 2009 too – the 1st time that the Cubs had 3 consecutive winning seasons in over 50 years. The 97 wins in 2008 were also the most franchise wins in a single season since 1945.
Pinella is 66 years old. He has appeared in 5 World Series battles as a player and a coach and he has 3 rings to show for it (2 as a player and 1 as a coach).
Look for some prominent names to top the list of prospective candidates for the new Cubs Manager’s position. Ryne Sandberg, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Joe Girardi, Tony LaRussa and current bench coach Alan Trammell will all be mentioned at one point or another.