All of this was done after a recent poll by Sports Illustrated in which Major League players were asked anonymously which manager in baseball they would least like to play for, and which one they'd most like to play for. Guess which one Sweet Lou emerged "victorious" in.
In a poll of 380 players, conducted in May, Piniella received 26 percent of the vote, followed closely by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen at 21 percent. St. Louis' Tony La Russa finished third at 10 percent, followed by the Dodgers' Joe Torre (4 percent) and Cleveland's Eric Wedge (4 percent).So it's nice to see that Chicago has a monopoly on managers players aren't very fond of, but looking at the top four finishers in this poll, I'm not exactly surprised.
Piniella, Guillen, La Russa, and Torre are all powerful personalities who have no qualms about using their influence and position to get their point across. I'm guessing Eric Wedge made it on the list because nobody wants to finish in last place.
Also, 53 percent of the players poll responded "Who?" when asked about Pittsburgh's John Russell.*