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Lou Piniella Joins World Champion San Francisco Giants

So much for all that relaxing with the family. Former Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is taking an adviser gig with the world champion San Francisco Giants, according to SFGate.com.

The team hasn't made an announcement yet, but The Chronicle learned Piniella, 67, is joining the Giants' front office to consult in a variety of ways, whether it's evaluating or advising on player movement or scouting or . . . well, whatever a baseball lifer of 48 years can provide.

GM Brian Sabean goes back with Piniella to their Yankee years in the '80s, and they've remained tight. Sabean interviewed Piniella to succeed manager Felipe Alou after the 2006 season, but Piniella removed himself from consideration partly for geographic reasons and became manager of the Cubs.

The article also states that Piniella will be Florida-based. Good for him. We should all be so lucky to get nice-paying, easy gigs when we are in are late-60's.

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