Dusty says he'll miss Piniella's personality

Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella have a lot to commiserate about after managing the Cubs. AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was looking forward to seeing Lou Piniella next week when the Chicago Cubs visit the Reds, whom Piniella guided to the 1990 World Series.

But Piniella expedited his retirement by stepping down Sunday.

“It’s hard to find personalities to replace Lou Piniella, and I’m going to miss him,” Baker said Monday on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN Radio. “I was looking forward to him coming to Cincinnati for the last time to say goodbye.

“But I’ll call him personally and tell him I’ll take him out down the road somewhere.”

The two have a lot to talk about. Piniella succeeded Baker in 2006, and neither man was able to end the World Series drought that extends back to 1908.