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Piniella enjoying retirement, excited to help Reds

Former manager working as front office consultant
MLB.com @m_sheldon

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A relaxed Lou Piniella was clearly enjoying himself back at a Major League Spring Training again. For the first time since 1992, he was wearing a Reds uniform. On his right hand, he wore his 1990 World Series ring.

A veteran skipper of 23 seasons, does Piniella miss managing?

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A relaxed Lou Piniella was clearly enjoying himself back at a Major League Spring Training again. For the first time since 1992, he was wearing a Reds uniform. On his right hand, he wore his 1990 World Series ring.

A veteran skipper of 23 seasons, does Piniella miss managing?

"No! I really don't," Piniella said emphatically. "You know, I've had a few chances to get back in since I retired in 2010, but I enjoy watching the game. I enjoy watching it from just a fun aspect of enjoying the talents of the players and the competition on the field. But I don't miss being involved in it on an everyday basis at all."

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On Feb. 5, the Reds hired the 72-year-old Piniella as a consultant and senior advisor to baseball operations. The decision came after he returned to Cincinnati for Redsfest in December and was wooed by CEO Bob Castellini and president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty. He will spend a few weeks with the club at Spring Training.

Piniella managed the Reds from 1990-92, leading the club to a World Series championship in his first season. In his three seasons with Cincinnati, he was 255-231. Overall, he posted a record of 1,835-1,713 for the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Devil Rays and Cubs.

"I'm going to help Walt a little bit with the evaluation of these young players, and there's a plethora of them here. Also, maybe get involved a little bit with [hitting coach] Don Long and the hitting," Piniella said.

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Piniella will also be a resource for current Reds manager Bryan Price. From 2000-02, Price was Piniella's pitching coach with the Mariners.

"Look, I'm here for whatever he needs me to do," Piniella said. "I don't have anything specific in mind. I don't think Bryan does, either. I'll talk to him from time to time and help him any way I can. He's a good baseball man. There's no question. He's a young manager. I think having an experienced bench like [Jim] Riggleman will help him. He's got a good coaching staff."

Earlier this month, Piniella was named the grand marshal for the 97th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

"I look forward to that," he said. "Cincinnati, the Reds are bigger than life there. I didn't realize that until I became the manager of the Reds in 1990 with the parade, the Opening Day -- it's just a wonderful, wonderful experience."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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