Lou Piniella hired by YES Network

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Lou Piniella has been out of the game for a year, randomly showing up as an analyst here and there. But now he has a more permanent job: YES Network has hired him to do some Yankees games.

Not a ton of them — between 20-30 of them — but more than his cameo appearances in the studio for Fox and stuff.  He’ll do some pregame and some in-game analysis.

This is obviously not Piniella’s first dance with the Yankees.  He played outfield in New York for 11 seasons. Then he managed them and served a brief stint as their general manager, back when ex-managers and ballplayers used to get general manager jobs. After he left the Cubs last year, Hank Steinbrenner offered Piniella a job as a front office adviser, but Lou declined.

Now he’s back in New York.