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Lou Piniella  

Former MLB Manager, Three-Time MLB Manager of the Year & Three-Time World Series Champion

In his playing career, Piniella made one All-Star team and compiled 1705 lifetime hits despite not playing full-time for just under half of his career. He received 2 votes for the Hall of Fame as a player in 1990.

Piniella has gone to the postseason 10 times during his Big League career (five times as a manager and five times as a player). He has gone to five World Series, once as a manager (1990, Cincinnati). He won championship rings as an outfielder with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and as a manager with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He is a two-time Baseball Writers Association of America American League Manager of the Year selection and two-time The Sporting News Manager of the Year, winning both awards in 1995 and 2001.

Piniella received All-Star recognition four times - as a player in 1972, twice as a member of the AL's coaching staff (2000 and 2001), and as the NL manager for the 1991 Midsummer Classic at Skydome in Toronto, Piniella and his wife, Anita, are involved in numerous charities in the Tampa Bay area. He has served as the chairman of the Abilities Golf Tournament in St. Petersburg. He is also an active spokesperson on behalf of prostate cancer awareness and for Heartbeat International, an organization that helps provide pacemakers for those around the world who cannot otherwise afford one.

He graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa where he was a prep All-American in basketball. He played Pony League, American Legion and Colt League with Tony LaRussa and Kenny Suarez in West Tampa. Piniella attended the University of Tampa and was named to the NCAA College Division II All-America squad in baseball. He led the Cincinnati Reds goodwill tour to Gifu, Japan, in November of 1991.

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