Thursday, November 3, 2011

On this Day in Reds History: Sweet Lou Era Begins

November 3rd, 1989 - The Redlegs tab Lou Piniella as their new manager.

The move by owner Marge Schott proved to be a good one for both Piniella and Cincinnati.

"Sweet Lou" took over a team previously managed by Pete Rose and Tommy Helms that had floundered to a 75-87 record during the '89 season. In his first year as manager he proved his worth by leading the club to a World Series title -- the fifth and last time the franchise has laid claim to being the best team in baseball.

The 3-time Manager of the Year would go on pilot the Reds until the end of the 1992 campaign -- compiling a 255-231 record over that span. To this day, Piniella still has only one pennant and one World Series title to his credit in 23 seasons as a MLB manager -- both coming in 1990 with the Reds.

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