Lou Piniella says he has every intention of being the Cubs’ manager through the end of this season, his last in Chicago.
"I’m not a quitter. No, I’m not a quitter," Piniella told reporters Tuesday before the club’s game in Arizona (per the Chicago Tribune). "In this business, you better be prepared to take the good with the bad. I mean, nobody wants the bad, but at the same time, it happens."
The Cubs are 37-47 after a 6-4 victory Tuesday night, 10 games behind the first-place Reds in the NL Central.
The Tribune notes that Cubs general manager Jim Hendry insists he won’t fire Piniella, who is expected to retire from managing after this year. ("I know that this will be my last managing job," he said. "I do know that for a fact.")
Piniella, 66, says he has no regrets about coming to Chicago.
"If I had to do it all over again, I would do the same thing," he said. "It has been a unique experience. It really has. This is going to be a good way for me to end my career because I’ll look at it with a lot of pleasant memories — and a little hurt, too."
Sweet Lou also had a few words of wisdom for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who earlier this season was rumored to be interested in succeeding Piniella.
"He can come here. He’ll find out that it’s a little harder than what he thinks it is," Piniella said. "But that’s OK. When I leave here they can hire the best manager they can, and I wish him well."