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Do the Reds have a role for Lou Piniella?

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Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 18:36:25-05

CINCINNATI — Lou Piniella made his first appearance at Redsfest this year.

You could very well see the old manager around more. Piniella was going to meet with owner Bob Castellini Saturday and discuss a role in the organization.

Piniella has been out of baseball since stepping down as the Chicago Cubs manager in 2010.

“Bob wanted to speak to me,” Piniella said Saturday. “We’re going to have a late lunch and talk about some things. Bryan Price, the manager here, was my pitching coach in Seattle. I brought him up to the big leagues.

“He’s a very intelligent young man, a good baseball guy. If I can help him in any way, I’d be very pleased to do so.”

Piniella’s role would likely be that of a special assistant. The Seattle Mariners talked to Piniella about their managerial opening in 2013. He made clear then he does not want  to be manager again.

Piniella managed for 23 years. He went 1,835-1,713. He, of course, won the World Series with the Reds in 1990. He was 255-231 in his stint with the Reds.

Piniella was unable to attend to the 1990 reunion this summer. He sent a letter to fans apologizing for missing.