Price on Piniella
Former Reds manager Lou Piniella arrived to camp on Wednesday and was in a full uniform for Cincinnati for the first time since 1992. Piniella, who was clearly happy to be in his element again after retiring in 2010, also wore his 1990 World Series ring around.
You can read my story on Piniella from the other day here.
Manager Bryan Price, who worked as Piniella’s pitching coach for the Mariners from 2000-02, was thrilled to have Piniella’s input this season as an advisor. What does he bring to the table?
“Forty-some years of coaching, managing, general managing, playing experience is the obvious answer,” Price said on Friday. “There’s huge benefit with our familiarity. It goes back 20 years from the time I started doing major league camp as minor league coach to the three years we were together in Seattle.
“He doesn’t have to feel like anything he says is implying anything. He can be very candid. He’s extremely willing to share. He has great perspective. He matured in every aspect. He matured as a hitter. He matured as a student of the game. He matured as a manager. He grew to be just an exceptional Major League manager. He understands exactly where I am in the process of developing, as we all continue to develop as managers. His perspective has been terrific.”