YES Network Adds Yankee Great 'Sweet Lou' Piniella to Their Broadcast Crew

James Williams@WordmandcAnalyst IIIFebruary 22, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  Lou Piniella is introduced during The New York Yankees 65th Old Timers Day game on June 26, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Today the YES Network announced that former New York Yankees player, manager and general manager Lou Piniella has joined the network.

In a press release from the network they outlined “Sweet Lou’s” duties:

He will serve as a special contributor.  Yankee fans will see him paired with Michael Kay, Ken Singleton and the other play by play men as a game analyst. The network also said that Piniella part of their studio crew as well from time to time.

He could join YES in time to be part of their spring training as well as their game coverage, but that will be announced soon. The release also said that fans can look forward to seeing him as a guest on an upcoming YES CenterStage show hosted by Michael Kay.

In a statement from the network they said:

“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,” said John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming, YES Network.  “He is a true student of the game and has a genuine love of the game, and he will make his presence felt across various YES platforms throughout the season.”


There is no doubt that the addition of Piniella to the YES Network is a great add and one that “The Boss” would have loved.

The Piniella file - Played baseball for the Indians, Royals and Yankees. He was Rookie of the year in 1969 with Cleveland and was an All Star with Kansas City

Was the manager of the Reds, Mariners, Yankees, Rays and Cubs He led the Reds to the World Series in 1990. He earned Manager of the Year twice with Seattle in 1995 and 2001 then he got the National League Manager of the Year Award with the Cubs in 2008.

As a broadcaster he served as a color analyst for the MSG Network in 1989 and in 2006 he worked with FOX during the AL Playoffs.