Lou Pinella, the only manager in Seattle Mariners history to have a winning record, will become the eighth member of the club’s Hall of Fame on August 9, at Safeco Field.
Pinella will be honored at a luncheon at Safeco on Aug. 8th prior to his induction ceremony before the Mariners play the Chicago White Sox on the 9th.
Pinella took the Mariners to their first-ever postseason in 1995 and took the club three more times en route to a 840-711 record in ten seasons.
In 23 years as a Major League manager with the Yankees (1986-88), Reds (1990-92), Mariners (1993-2002), Rays (2003-05) and Cubs (2007-10), Piniella had a career .517 winning percentage (1,835-1,712) and won Manager of the Year honors in 1995, 2001 (both with Seattle) and 2008.
“I’m super excited for him. The fans just love to see him, and I can’t wait to hear that ovation when they introduce his name into the Hall of Fame. It’s very well deserved. He’s a guy that demanded your respect, demanded your best every day.
Nobody in the ballpark wanted to win more than Lou, especially when we were in New York. He was a manager you loved to play for, because you knew he was in your corner and would do everything he could do that day to win a ballgame. It was a lot of fun playing for him. — Dan Wilson