Piniella retired from managing after 23 years this season in order to care for his mother. He has said that he will not return to managing, but an advisor role with the Yankees could keep him in baseball and give him the flexibility he couldn’t get as a team’s manager.
Piniella’s ties with the Yankees run pretty deep. He played for them for 11 seasons from 1974 until he retired in 1984 winning two World Series in ’77 and ’78. After that Piniella managed the team for two and a half years from 1986 and 1987. Billy Martin took over the club in 1988, but didn’t finish the season, Sweet Lou had to take the reigns for him managing the team for the final 93 games.
After firing Piniella in 1988 he stayed in the organization until he left to manage the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. The Yankees always wanted him back throughout the years, but mostly due to Joe Torre’s long tenure that never happened. It seems like Hank may finally bring Sweet Lou back into the fold after 22 years.