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Piniella is the definition of a baseball lifer. Prior to his 22 seasons as a manager, Sweet Lou spent 18 as a leftfielder for four franchises -- the Orioles (1964), Indians (1968), Royals (1969-73) and Yankees (1974-84), where he won five AL East titles, four AL pennants and two World Series titles. After taking a year off in 1985, Piniella returned to the Bronx as manager in 1986 and has been a big league skipper since. He has won three Manager of the Year Awards (1995, 2001, 2008) and led the Reds to the 1990 World Series title. He is currently managing the Cubs.

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