Lou Piniella may not have invented arguing with an umpire. But he sure perfected it.
But on Sunday, five weeks earlier than anyone expected, Piniella retired, pulling the plug on 48 years of baseball, both as a coach and a player. He moved up his retirement date to be with his ailing mother and his final post-game press conference was quite emotional. Read about it here.
Piniella, a likely managerial Hall of Famer, finished with 3,547 wins (14th all-time) and 1,705 hits.
But more than those stats, he'll be remembered for his on-field antics. Going nose-to-nose with an umpire. Throwing a base into the outfield grass. And, of course, kicking dirt on an umpire's shoes.
Here's a couple classic Lou tirades to warm your soul on a Monday.
WITH THE CUBS
WITH THE MARINERS
STEVE STONE COMMENTS