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Piniella says no to Schott, Reds

Published Oct. 12, 2005

Lou Piniella said Tuesday he won't return as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Piniella said he rejected an extension of his three-year contract because it was time for a change.

"I've got nothing bad to say about anything, the city, the fans, the organization, the owner," Piniella told WLWT-TV.

"It was a good three years; it was a good experience. I made some friends, I enjoyed the town, I enjoyed the players I managed and I learned a hell of a lot."

Piniella, who had been evasive about whether he wanted to return to the Reds, said he met with owner Marge Schott for several hours Monday.

"When I met with Marge yesterday she was hoping to change my mind," he said.

The Reds won the World Series in 1990, Piniella's first year with the team. Cincinnati had 90 victories this season and finished second in the NL West.

Outfielder Bip Roberts said he would have wanted Piniella to stay only if that would have made the manager happy.

"Would he have been happy here coaching, or did he want to get back home and coach in Tampa?" Roberts said.

Piniella is building a home in Tampa, where he grew up, and there are indications he is interested in managing the Giants if they move to St. Petersburg. Giants manager Roger Craig has one year left on his contract but is unclear if he would move with the team.

Around the majors

Cubs: The club placed Kal Daniels, 29, on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. In a combined 83 games for the Cubs and Dodgers, he hit .241 with six homers and 25 RBI.

Marlins: Broadcasters Joe Angel and Dave O'Brien will handle radio coverage for the Florida Marlins next season. Jay Randolph will call games for television.

Tigers: Rob Deer led the majors in home-run distance. He hit the longest one of the season, a 483-foot shot on top of the leftfield roof at Tiger Stadium on June 11. The Padres' Fred McGriff had the second-longest, a 473-foot blast against Pittsburgh at San Diego on Aug. 28.

Mets: Pitchers Jeff Innis (left knee) and Wally Whitehurst (right elbow) and shortstop Dick Schofield (right shoulder) underwent arthroscopic surgery. In other news, the team sent minor-league pitcher Julian Vasquez to the Angels, completing the deal in which Schofield was acquired last April.

Expos: Utility infielder Tom Foley was given his unconditional release.

Orioles: Outfielder Mike Devereaux (left thumb) and catcher Chris Hoiles (right wrist) underwent successful minor surgery.