Piniella not interested in managing Mariners again

Ex-Mariners manager Lou Piniella turned down the chance to guide Seattle for a second time....

Ex-Mariners manager Lou Piniella turned down the chance to guide Seattle for a second time. (REUTERS file photo)

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, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

The Seattle Mariners recently contacted Lou Piniella about managing the team for the second time, but the 70-year-old told the team he’s not interested in coming out of retirement.

“No,” Piniella told Fox Sports. “I’m happy doing what I’m doing, which is watching a little baseball, doing a little bit of television for the Yankees, 15 games or so a year. It keeps me involved a bit.”

Eric Wedge told the Mariners last month that he wasn’t interested in returning after the team failed to make a commitment to him beyond 2013. With general manager Jack Zduriencik only under contract through next year, there is a great deal of uncertainty with the franchise.

Piniella was the Mariners’ manager from 1993-2002, leading the team to all four of its post-season appearances, including a 116-win regular season in 2001. The Mariners traded Piniella to Tampa Bay in 2002 so he could be closer to his ailing father.

“I talked to them about the job, but that’s it,” Piniella added. “There was nothing else to it. It was just conversation, nothing more.

“I don’t really want to manage anymore.”

JUDGE DISMISSES MOST OF LAWSUIT

A judge dismissed several claims in a lawsuit filed by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball, which alleged the league violated antitrust laws over a proposed move by the Oakland Athletics to San Jose.

U.S. district judge Ronald Whyte said San Jose could move forward with claims that MLB interfered with an option agreement between the city and the A’s on land for a new stadium.

Phil Gregory, an attorney representing the city, called the ruling a “big victory” because San Jose could still pursue damages worth billions of dollars.

Due to Whyte’s antitrust dismissal, however, an effort by the city to obtain a court order to allow an A’s move to San Jose could no longer be pursued.

Gregory said the city has not decided whether to immediately appeal that part of Whyte’s ruling.

John Keker, who represents the league, said he is “confident” that the remaining interference claim would eventually be dismissed as well.

The A’s ownership wants to move from O.co Coliseum in Oakland to a city with the political commitment for a new ballpark that will help build a bigger fan base.

San Jose has longed for an MLB franchise for years. The city has offered the A’s land for a ballpark, while also pressing the league to have owners of the other teams vote to allow the A’s to move.

GRAY BROKE THUMB

Not only did he take the loss, Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Sonny Gray suffered a broken left thumb in Game 5 of the club’s American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday.

According to CSN Bay Area, Gray suffered the break on a comebacker from Prince Fielder in the fifth inning. Gray made the out on the play to end the top half of the inning.

He came out to start the sixth and gave up two singles before getting the hook.

Gray had given up two runs up to that point and the Tigers won the game 3-0 to take the series.

COLON NOT DONE YET

Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to retire and figures he has plenty of gas left in the tank.

The 40-year-old right-hander told the San Francisco Chronicle he would be open to re-signing with the Oakland Athletics and believes he can pitch another three years.

Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and led the majors with three shutouts this season on a $3 million salary.

Over the course of his 16-year MLB career, Colon, who won a Cy Young Award in 2005, is 189-129 with a 3.94 ERA and 1,950 strikeouts.

BRIEFLY

Right-handed reliever Jason Frasor has signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers worth $1.75 million plus incentives, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Frasor, 35, threw 49 innings this season with a 2.57 ERA.


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