Piniella To Step Down After Today’s Game

Cubs manager Lou Piniella has announced that he will step down after today's game, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Twitter).  Piniella cited his mother's continued failing health as the reason for his decision, Wittenmyer tweets.

Third base coach Mike Quade will take over as interim manager, tweets Wittenmyer.  Cubs GM Jim Hendry told Wittenmyer (via Twitter) that Quade will be a candidate to fill the position permanently but Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell has been told that he won't be considered for the job.

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