Piniella returning to Reds as senior adviser

Piniella returning to Reds as senior adviser

CINCINNATI -- The last manager to win a World Series with the Reds is back with the club in a consulting role. It was announced Friday that Lou Piniella will be a senior adviser to baseball operations, and he is expected to spend some time with the team during Spring Training.

Piniella, 72, spent 23 seasons as a Major League manager following his playing career and posted a record of 1,835-1,713.

From 1990-92, Piniella managed in Cincinnati, winning his lone World Series title with the club in 1990.

"He expressed an interest to me and Mr. [Bob] Castellini [Reds president and CEO] at Redsfest that he'd like to get involved and do what he can to work with the club," Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said.

Piniella also has a long friendship with Reds manager Bryan Price. From 2000-02, Price was Piniella's pitching coach with the Mariners.

"He's just going to offer his personal insights on players, and the game itself," Jocketty said. "If he has advice for Bryan, he can consult. He can use his experience, his knowledge and the success he's had over the years."

Piniella has also managed for the Yankees, Mariners, Rays and Cubs during his career. He has not been a manager since 2010, and has publicly expressed no desire to return to the dugout.

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.