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Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:27 pm
By Matt Snyder

Kevin Millar was in spring training with the Cubs in 2010, and he was evidently not impressed with then-manager Lou Piniella, citing a lack of communication with his players as one of the reasons the Cubs were not very good in the regular season. He said so on a Chicago radio show Monday.

"I didn’t get a chance to play with Lou but I mean, there definitely was something missing, OK. You have to have more organization and know who is going in the game that day. Listen, I played 12 years in the big leagues, and I sat there for 9 innings in a spring training game and didn’t know if I was playing or not playing. There’s just common courtesy to use an example personally."

Oh, there's more:

"Guys were talking about it and the whispers and that’s the stuff that brings down a club," he said. "I mean you want to talk baseball, you want to talk how you’re going to beat this guy today. You want to go out there and root each other on. You don’t want to worry about why this isn’t going on, what’s he doing here, what’s this going on and that’s the simple thing of a line up, get it up. (via Chicago Tribune )

Millar noted that new Cubs manager Mike Quade lets every player know in advance the role he'll have on the day of a game so they can prepare. When asked if Piniella was just "old school," Millar scoffed at the notion, asking how simply not posting a lineup earlier in the day could possibly be old school.

It did seem like Piniella wasn't totally into the 2010 season, whether it was his mother's health issues or becoming jaded after so many years of managing. That being said, there were far too many problems with the 2010 Cubs to pin a large amount on the manager not posting his lineups early enough in the day.

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Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:41 am

Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

LOL...if anyone wins the NL this year other than Phillies; I would be really, really surprised! 

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:26 am

Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

Losing 2 of 3 to Pittsburg is a sweep according to the very high standards the Pirates have maintained over the years.

Yeah, it will be terrible to watch the Phillies this year, oh how I wish I could be a Diamondbacks fan instead.  Just yesterday I was saying how terrible this whole team was with its terrible pitching and crap lineup and minor league payroll.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:15 pm

Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

@PhillyAlchemist:  I didn't realize that Kevin Millar was responsible for giving Cubs and baseball fans a reason for last years' failure.  Thank you for enlightening me.  Here I am reading this thinking, here is one of many reasons the Cubs didn't do too well last year.

Bartman was used as an excuse for losing in the NLCS against Florida, not the year.  I believe the Cubs did pretty well in 2003.

Excuse for getting swept by the Pirates to start the season?  Uh....we lost 2 out of 3.  Last I checked, that is not swept.

So, we have 1 excuse for losing a series in the playoffs and Kevin Millar stating one reason why things might have gone south last year and based on that, you make sweepting statements of the organization crying and whining??  Not sure I understand your logic here; actually, there isn't any.

And where did this article state that Lou was the sole reason?  Try re-reading the article again and maybe look up some facts before making bogus statements.

And if you are a fan of the Phillies...good luck this year.  You shouldn't need it with that team!

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:38 am

Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

Well its nice to know the Cubs have the reason for losing last year settled on.  They have Bartman to use as an excuse that one year down pat as well, so what are the excuses for all the other DECADES of losing?  And I would love to know what their excuse is for getting swept by the Pirates at home to start the season.  Anyone Anyone?  The only thing this organization does well is cry and whine and make excuses.  I am not the world's biggest Lou Pinella fan, but to make him solely responsible for the reason the Cubs are the Cubs is just not even remotely fair.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:38 pm

Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

   Might be a little jealousy here from Millar. Everywhere Millar has been he has been a team leader off the field - and in Boston's case, there was some problems between Millar and the coaching staff. It was reported to be the reason for his leaving. Maybe yes - maybe no.

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2011 6:16 pm

Millar chides Piniella for communication issues

Kevin Millar always bummed me out because he was never in video games when I was in high school and the rosters were always wrong.

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