"When I previously announced my intentions to retire at the end of the season, a primary reason for my decision was that it would allow me to spend more valuable time with my family,” said Piniella. “That time has unfortunately gotten here sooner than I could have ever expected. As many know, the several weeks since that announcement was made have been very difficult on a family level, requiring two leaves of absence from the club. While I fully intended to manage this club the rest of the season, a family situation at home now requires my full attention.
“As I said last month, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the Cubs organization for providing me the opportunity to be their manager. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world and I consider this the ultimate way to end my managerial career.
“I am thankful to the Ricketts family for their support – Cubs fans are fortunate to have an owner like the Ricketts family to lead this organization for the long-term. I also couldn’t be more thankful to Jim Hendry for bringing me to Chicago . We enjoyed a great deal of success together and I’ll always value the relationship we had during our time together. Thank you to Crane Kenney and the Cubs front office for your support throughout the years.
“I couldn’t be more appreciative of my coaches and training staff. They have been professional and supportive. And thank you to my players for the successes we shared and their efforts.
“Finally, to the Cubs fans, thank you for four wonderful seasons. You are the best, most deserving fans in all of baseball and it has been an honor to manage your ballclub.”
One of only five skippers to win at least three Manager of the Year Awards, including 2008 with the Cubs, Piniella retires the 14th winningest manager in major league history. He entered Sunday’s game with 1,835 wins in his near 23 big league seasons as a manager. Piniella is the first Cubs manager in more than 70 years to post a record of .500 or better in each of his first three seasons leading the club.
Piniella enters his final game with the Cubs with a 316-292 record in his three-plus seasons in Chicago. Only seven managers have won more games than Piniella in club history, while his .520 winning percentage is the best since Charlie Grimm’s .547 combined mark from 1932-38, 1944-49 and 1960 (minimum 500 games). Piniella is the first Cubs manager in 100 years to lead the club to consecutive post-season appearances in 2007 and 2008.
QUADE NAMED INTERIM MANAGER
The Cubs named Mike Quade manager of the major league club for the rest of the 2010 season Sunday, starting with Monday’s game at Washington. Quade becomes the 51st manager in franchise history. The remainder of the coaching staff will remain intact and corresponding coaching assignment announcements are forthcoming.