Maddon: Much respect for 'fearless' Piniella

Maddon: Much respect for 'fearless' Piniella

OAKLAND -- Former Rays manager Lou Piniella announced on July 20 that he was retiring as the manager of the Cubs at the end of this season. But citing his mother's health, he has now opted to retire early. Sunday's game against the Braves was Piniella's final one as manager. He will take off the uniform for the last time to go home.

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."