Lou Piniella spent ten of his 23 seasons as a manager, managing the Seattle Mariners. In his time there, he took the Mariners to all of their postseason appearances in club history.
On Saturday night, the Mariners honor Piniella by inducting him as the 8th member of the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Piniella, 70, is the winningest manager in Mariners history and in fact, is the only M’s skipper to have an overall winning record (840-711). He led the M’s to their first-ever postseason appearance in 1995 and additional trips to the playoffs in three other seasons (1997, 2000 and 2001).
Sweet Lou is No. 14 on the list of career wins for a manager (1,835) and all but one ahead of him (Gene Mauch) are in Cooperstown. Some have speculated if the Veteran’s Committee is planning on voting Piniella into the Hall on the same year that Ken Griffey Jr. will more than likely be inducted (2016). Having a player and manager go in at the same time much like we saw with Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox this year.
In addition to the festivities, the first 20,000 fans to Safeco tonight will receive a Lou Piniella bobblehead. The figure shows Lou taking his hat off, presumably to acknowledge the crowd. But we all know it’s because he’s about to throw it.
First pitch is at 6:10 pm. Be sure to check out Charlie’s gameday preview, tonight at 5 PM.