I don't find fault in Piniella myself. The Cubs performance these past couple years has been stellar in regular season play. A good manager directs the day-to-day handling of the players and strategy that brings the team to the big game. The Cubs loss in post-season 2007 and 2008 was clearly understood by Piniella and articulated by him back in the fall of 2008. According to the Cub's Manager:
You can play postseason baseball for now to another hundred years, but if you score six runs in three games, it's going to be another hundred years before we win.
So I don't think B & B have to worry about Piniella's sanity. He understands why the Cubs lost in the post season. Yet, a good book won't hurt Piniella as long as he continues to manage the club the way he has the past two seasons. When Piniella says that he would want his players to hit better and his pitchers to throw more strikes, he gets some nasty criticism because people don't like to hear that it could be that simple -- but in a way it is. Fundamentals are critical. Piniella does a great deal to get the Cubs past their 100-year World Series draught -- he manages them into the post season. It seems to me that he deserves a lot of credit for getting the Cubs there.
Because, Lou is apparently in a mood for books, I am sending him a copy of The 10 Commandments of Baseball. I am hoping it will give him confidence in the face of criticism to keep stressing the fundamentals like Joe McCarthy did a long time ago. Like Piniella, McCarthy also managed the Yankees and the Cubs. But in McCarthy's case, the Cubs gave up on him and the Yankees showed more confidence in him. I am hoping in Piniella's case that the Cubs can keep him on for a long while. He didn't win the National League Manager of the Year award for 2008 for his good looks. And it is good to see Cub fans rejoice in the last two winning seasons even if they didn't win the World Series.