"I'm planning to come back next year," Piniella told reporters before the game, according to a report on the Chicago Sun-Times' Web site. The Cubs lost the game 2-1.
A team source told the Sun-Times that Piniella, who turns 66 on Friday, mentioned his decision recently as the Ricketts family and Tribune Co. finalized the sale of the team. The sale is expected to remove some of the restrictions the front office has faced in 2½ years of ownership flux. The sale must still be approved by a bankruptcy court and baseball owners.
When Piniella was asked about the influence of the agreement on his decision, the Sun-Times reported, he said it "is good for a lot of people in the organization. We can do some things going forward. But that's been my plan, to come back next year."