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Aug 23 – Ex-Yankee Roundup: Sweet Lou Retires, Damon Picked up by Red Sox on Waivers

(New York, NY) – An emotional Lou Pinella has managed his last game.  Ending his 4-years with the Cubs on Sunday (with a loss to Atlanta), Sweet Lou, an Ex-Yankee great, leaves earlier than expected to take care of his ailing mother.  It did not end as he wanted, with the Cubs making the playoffs his first 2 years there (2007-2008) but this year was a disaster.  Piniella finished with an overall record  of 1,835-1,713 as a manager.  He trailed only Tony La Russa, Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers.  In 18 years in the majors as a player—he had a .291 career batting average — and another 23 as a manager, Piniella made five trips to the World Series and has three championship rings. He began his professional playing career in 1962.  As a fiery player and an even more fiery leader, he will be missed in the game.

Meanwhile Johnny Damon has 48 hours to decide if he wants to go to Boston for a another playoff run.,  His contract includes a clause that gives him veto power over trades to all but eight teams. Because the Red Sox aren’t one of those clubs, he can block any move.  Damon has hit .270 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs during his first season in Detroit.

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3 Responses

  1. Just a few days until the most exciting September on memory for the Yankees!

  2. Johnny Damon decided to stay in Detroit Tom.

  3. Damon can block a move to the Red Sox with his partial no trade clause. Damon needs to make a decision by 1:30 p.m. e.s.t. tomorrow afternoon to stay in Detroit or accept the trade claim.

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