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6/25 Lou & Stone make up

Lou Piniella and Steve Stone made peace on Friday. The Cubs manager and White Sox broadcaster exchanged jabs during the last Cubs-White Sox Interleague matchup June 11-13 at Wrigley Field. Piniella joked Friday that the two “closed doors and threw a few jabs.”

Actually, they talked it out and have agreed to disagree.

“Everything is fine,” Piniella said. “I’ve known Steve a long time. Everybody doesn’t agree with what other people say at times. We talked it out, shook hands and it’s all behind us.”

On June 11, Piniella lashed out at Stone who had been critical of the way the Cubs were handling outfielder Tyler Colvin. Stone had said the rookie outfielder should be playing every day and that Piniella could not handle young players.

“The whole thing was basically I know what I’m doing with young kids,” Piniella said Friday. “We talked about the situation — it’s over with. I don’t have any problem with Steve or anybody else. I just want to do my job the best I can and win baseball games with the Chicago Cubs and nothing more and nothing less.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/11 Lou lashes out at criticism

Lou Piniella lit into White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone who has been critical of the way the Cubs are handling outfielder Tyler Colvin. Stone said: “I think that means that Lou doesn’t have a great grasp on what to do with young players.” Stone says Colvin needs 30 at-bats a week, minimum.

Piniella was asked prior to Friday’s game about Starlin Castro and Colvin, and then took off. Here’s a transcript:

“Castro basically has played every inning of every game,” Piniella said. “With Colvin it’s a more difficult situation for me. I’ve got five Major League outfielders here. It’s not fair that I abandon one or two of them. It’s not fair and I’m not going to do it. I’ve said I’ll try to get Colvin in there as much as I can and that’s what I’m doing. Colvin is a fine young player and his time is going to come. I’ve got five people here who deserve to play as well.”

Piniella said Alfonso Soriano was starting because he’s hitting “.400 off [Jake] Peavy,” and that Kosuke Fukudome is 4-for-6, and Marlon Byrd “has basically been our best hitter.”

“It’s a tough situation,” Piniella said. “I know I get criticized for it. We’ve got a lot of people here who haven’t managed or won any games in the big leagues but they know everything. They really do. I think they should try to put the uniform on and try this job and see how they like it when they get criticized unjustly. That’s all I have to say about that issue.”

Of course, that wasn’t all he had to say.

“You get tired of it,” Piniella said, unprompted. “I’m trying to do the best job I possibly can. the only people I need to listen to are the people in my organization. That’s it. I get tired of being nitpicked and I get tired of being criticized unjustly. Why don’t they talk to me first before they do it and get my points and my feelings and then make a determination?

“The same way that I get called ridiculous, they’re ridiculous in the way they report things, too.”

Someone tried to ask about Peavy again, but Piniella wasn’t finished.

“And another thing I’m going to say, I’ve won over 1,800 games as a manager and I’m not a [darn] dummy,” he said. “There are only 13 others who have won more games than me so I guess I think I know what the [heck] I’m doing.”

Asked if it was someone specific on radio or TV that made the comments, and Piniella said the Chicago media has treated him well and he enjoys the beat writers.

“Talk to me — get my feelings, get my viewpoints,” he said. “And then if you don’t agree with me, say what you want. But at least give me the courtesy of defending myself and giving my explanation of why things are done and not done. That’s all I ask. And that’s only fair.”

Asked if he would address the critic directly, Piniella brought up Stone’s name.

“I’m tired of it,” he said. “Steve Stone, he has enough problems doing what he’s doing with the White Sox. What job has he had in baseball besides talking on television or radio? What has he done? Why isn’t he a farm director and bring some kids around? Why isn’t he a general manager and put the uniform on and been a pitching coach? Why hasn’t he been a field manager? There’s 30 teams out there who could use a guy with expertise like that. I’m tired of some of these guys, I really am. Now let’s go to baseball.”

— Carrie Muskat