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06:27 AM ET 08.09 | Cubs manager Lou Piniella admits his last season managing the Cubs "hasn't been easy on me," mostly because of the way his fifth-place team has been playing lately. But it has been a tough personal season for Piniella as well. He just missed three games while attending the funeral of his uncle in Tampa. Now, he could miss part or all of the four-day trip to San Francisco because his 90-year-old mother Margaret has been hospitalized.

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Alan Trammel, Geovany Soto, Lou Piniella, AP Alan Trammel, Geovany Soto, Lou Piniella, AP
August 9, 2010  09:20 AM ET

The Question is: will anyone notice if he's not there?

August 9, 2010  09:30 AM ET

I wish you the best Lou. But you need to quit being selfish and call it quits now. It would be a great time to let Ryan Sandberg coach the Cubs for the rest of the season. This could help management decide which way to turn for a coach next year. It is a "no Brainer".

August 9, 2010  09:33 AM ET

Kinda feel sorry for him. He's obviously not the one to blame for the Cubs form in the last century or so, but it still feels like everytime they loose, somehow it's his fault. I would've bailed out of Chicago 10 years ago!

August 9, 2010  09:35 AM ET

The question should be: will the interim manager be beholden to batting Derek Lee third and, by doing so, hamstring the offense? Lou's Ouija board has a rut that always kept Lee in the three spot.

Of course, the Cubbie performance this year may not be Lou's fault. Maybe the players just suck that bad.

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August 9, 2010  09:49 AM ET

He needs to walk away now. He lost all the fire as a manager. When a manager loses fire it trickles down to the players.

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August 9, 2010  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Question is: will anyone notice if he's not there?

Correct answer: No. Alan Trammell is a sutable, slimmer piniella standup.

August 9, 2010  10:39 AM ET
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He's about done. The years in Chicago have added 10 years to Lou's life.

Yeah, you're right, but by looking at the picture, he is at least, eating pretty good!!

August 9, 2010  10:49 AM ET

It's a good time for Lou to miss some games, The next three are in S.F. so they all start after his normal bed tome.

August 9, 2010  11:00 AM ET

*time*

August 9, 2010  12:02 PM ET

Lou's done, put a fork in him. And as Lou rides off into the sunset, send Hendry and all those atrocious contracts with him... that three year old psycho Zambrano, Fukodome, Sori-**** Soriano. And why the hell does he keep batting D. Lee third when he clearly is a six hole hitter at best with his warp speed deteriorating skills? Loved D. Lee when he hit but now its crystal clear his skills are that of a 35 years former power hitter. Its painful to see him regularly strike out w/ RISP on AA sliders in the dirt hitting the left handed hitter's batter box. And Lou still pencils him in the 3 hole. Aramis Ramirez is the only consistant run producer when he's healthy, which he's shown once he was HEALTHY after the all-star break. Get rid of these ridiculous contracts and LET THE KIDS PLAY! Which, if they can't get rid of those toxic contracts, may be the only viable option for the Scrubbies.
Memo to the Ricketts family: BLOW the whole damn thing up!!! There's many reasons why they haven't won a WS in 102 years and haven"t played in one in 65 friggin years. BLOWN THIS MUTHER UP! and let the kids play and bring Ryno up to continue their development he began in the minors. This is the biggest joke of an organization is professional sports considering their fan base, market share, and the enormous resources available. Hendry and Co. should be arrested and charge with Grand larceny for the $$$$ squandered and wasted in his reign. Good Riddance. GO SOX!!! (White AND Red)

August 9, 2010  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wish you the best Lou. But you need to quit being selfish and call it quits now. It would be a great time to let Ryan Sandberg coach the Cubs for the rest of the season. This could help management decide which way to turn for a coach next year. It is a "no Brainer".

If this Ricketts guy is serious about making a good, young team, he leaves Sandberg where he is for the rest of the season, since the Iowa guys are actually a very good minor league team and replacing him only throws them all off their game, hindering their development.

Also, you would think Sandberg is a no-brainer, but I was reading Jim Hendry's list of potential managerial replacements and both the third base coach Mike Quade and the pitching coach Larry Rothschild are on that list. And neither one of those guys is particularly good at their job.

August 9, 2010  01:01 PM ET

lou has to understand that he really needs some long vacation!!!

August 9, 2010  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Correct answer: No. Alan Trammell is a sutable, slimmer piniella standup.

Correct answer yes. Just put a mild mannered manager in there and watch that team go to sleep again. Right now the main problem is some poor contracts and a couple of bad apples.

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August 9, 2010  06:06 PM ET

I never thought I'd say this, but here I go...

I actually felt sorry for the Cubs fans (at least for the ones that care about winning), the way their team got smoked over the weekend at home.

August 9, 2010  06:36 PM ET

Now they will play better. Intimidation does not work anymore, as it did inthe 90s-.80s

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August 9, 2010  09:28 PM ET
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He's about done. The years in Chicago have added 10 years to Lou's life.

haha, at least in tampa nobody cared or was at the games

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