Prior to the Sunday's game with the A's, manager Joe Maddon spoke about Piniella.
"I really got to work against him when he was with Seattle, and really always had the utmost respect for his teams," Maddon said. "They were good, they were really good. As an Angel at that time, [the Mariners] and Oakland were the two main guys. And we really had to get over the top of Seattle to move it forward, and we were able to do that eventually. Like I've always talked about, I thought he was a fearless manager, and I really respected that about him. His teams played solid baseball."
Maddon said that he didn't know Piniella that well, but added: "He's been very respectful when we've had conversations. I wish him well with the family and everything else. The limited times we've had conversations they've been very good."