Lou Piniella hired by Yankees' YES Network

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Yankees manager Lou Piniella has been hired by the team's YES Network as a special contributor.

Piniella will help with 20-30 events this year, including some game telecasts. He also is with the team as a spring training instructor in Tampa, Fla., near his home.

A member of the Yankees' World Series-winning teams in 1977 and '78, Piniella managed them from 1986-87, was general manager in 1988, then returned to the dugout that year. He managed Cincinnati from 1990-92, winning the Series in his first year, then managed Seattle, Tampa Bay and the Chicago Cubs.

He was an analyst on the team's MSG Network's broadcasts in 1989.

Says Piniella: "It's a thrill for me to be involved with the New York Yankees again and going back to my roots."