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Lou Piniella officially joins YES

The YES Network officially announced today that Lou Piniella has joined the broadcast team as a special contributor.

According to a press release, Piniella will provide Yankees game and studio analysis on YES, will be involved in the network’s Spring Training and potential post-season coverage, and will contribute to YES special event programming.

“I’m honored and excited to join the Yankee network and be part of the Yankees family again,” Piniella said. “I left there in 1989 and it’s a thrill to be involved with the New York Yankees again and go back to my roots. I played on some great teams there and managed some great teams as well.”

Piniella was reported by the New York Daily News to be in negotiations with YES back in December. ‘Sweet Lou’ will also be in Yankees camp this spring as a guest instructor.

Lou: ‘The Boss’ liked a show

A quick note from this morning at the Winter Meetings — 

Lou Piniella was among a group of four long-time managers who were honored by Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. And like Joe Torre, Piniella had gratitude for George M. Steinbrenner, who allowed him to begin his managerial career in 1986 with the Bombers. 
It was under Steinbrenner that Piniella – already a fiery personality during his playing days – learned a little something he’d carry with him forever. When Piniella was managing the Yankees, Steinbrenner called him into his office one day.
“He said, ‘There’s a little more to managing than just winning baseball games. You’ve got to put fannies in the seats.’ He said, ‘When you go out there and get kicked out of  a ballgame, put on a nice show.’ I took it to heart.”
As anyone who witnessed one of Sweet Lou’s epic tirades can attest, he sure did. Piniella also had this to say about the Hall of Fame committee that enshrined Pat Gillick – a colleague of Piniella’s with Seattle – but not Steinbrenner:
“I was very happy for Pat. Pat is a wonderful baseball executive and wonderful human being. I have the highest regard for Pat Gillick. Mr. Steinbrenner, I thought he’d get in. I was disappointed, I really was. I think Mr. Steinbrenner in due time will get his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.” 

Headed north of the border

Well, Jason Giambi didn’t get in through the All-Star Game Final Vote. That’s a shame — I thought he would have been a phenomenal contender in the Home Run Derby on Monday. He’ll just have to make do with his second prize … four days and three nights in fabulous Las Vegas.

First, the Yankees will have to get through the next three days, heading north of the border after last night’s unproductive detour in Pittsburgh. More troubling than the loss, we’d say, is the fact that Jorge Posada was once again out of the lineup with Jose Molina catching. Posada is very proud about the fact that he’s a catcher, not a first baseman, and he is insistent that he signed with the Yankees to catch all four years of his contract.

Now, we can debate about whether Posada can legitimately expect to catch in 2011. But I don’t think anyone saw it coming that he’d be pushed off to the side in 2008 — obviously, the right shoulder is a major concern for Joe Girardi, even though he won’t publicly say it. I asked Brian Cashman the same question in New York last week and he said that there’s health, and that nobody works harder than Posada. Then why not play him?

Assorted notes and quotes: Mariano Rivera will not start the All-Star Game, it seems. Good. His place belongs in the ninth inning if the American League has a lead. … Hank Steinbrenner tells USA Today that he plans to hire Lou Piniella as an advisor once Sweet Lou’s managing days are through. … The FanFest opens today at the Javits Center. Since I’m in town for the festivities and not in Toronto, I may have time to check it out. If so, I’ll post a report. … Don Larsen’s perfect game was screened last night at BB King’s in midtown. Wish I’d been there. …. Who, exactly, is paying to watch Jose Canseco fight in Atlantic City? …

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