Lou Piniella has joined the New York Yankees’ television network as a special contributor.
The 68-year-old former outfielder and manager said his new job at YES Network will allow him to stay close to his home in Tampa, Florida. He debuts March 4 during the Yankees’ spring training home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I’m honored and excited to join YES Network and be part of the Yankee family again,” Piniella said yesterday during a conference call. “This keeps me home a lot. Spring training is right here in Tampa, and I’ll be available when the Yanks come to St. Pete.”
Piniella will appear on 20 to 30 broadcasts in various roles, including on-site game analyst, pre-game and post-game studio analyst and contributor to special event programming, said John Filippelli, president of production and programming for YES.
“With five decades of experience as a player, coach, manager and general manager, Lou brings a rare combination of in-depth knowledge and experience to YES, which is second to none,” Filippelli said.
Piniella’s experience in broadcasting includes a year covering the Yankees for MSG Network in 1989, the year after he served as general manager of the team.
Piniella played for the Yankees from 1974-84, during which time the team won the World Series in 1977 and 1978. He was manager in 1986 and 1987, and for part of the 1998 season after Billy Martin left.
Piniella also was manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1990-92, which included a World Series victory; the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago Cubs.