Report: Stone criticizes Piniella

Updated: June 9, 2010, 2:16 AM ET
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Steve Stone is calling out the Cubs again.

The current White Sox television analyst said on Tuesday that Cubs manager Lou Piniella is missing the boat by not playing rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin more.

"I think that means that Lou doesn't have a great grasp on what to do with young players," Stone said in an interview on Comcast Sports Net. "Because with Tyler Colvin, if you take a look at what he has accomplished in a short period of time, with limited play, you realize that he very well could be the one thing the Cubs have been looking for for six years. That's a left-handed run producer. Colvin could be that one guy. But he can't do it on the bench, so you make a decision that you play the guy."

The last time Stone criticized the Cubs -- for their 2004 September swoon -- a maelstrom ensued that led to his resignation as a Cubs broadcaster. This time he's likely just upping the tension for this weekend's Crosstown Classic between the Sox and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Colvin went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. He is batting .300 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 90 at-bats. Piniella said recently that he will play Colvin more.

Piniella has also said that he has to be fair to his other outfielders, including Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome and Xavier Nady. Stone's not buying it.

"You have to stop this idea of being fair to your players," he said in the interview, which was reported by the Chicago Tribune. "The object is to win. Winning is the key. If you win as a baseball team, everybody's going to be happy. If you're fair to the guys and lose, people are going to stop coming to the ballpark, which they already have to a certain extent. They're going to stop watching, which they certainly have if you look at the [ratings], and they're going to stop listening, and with that the revenues are lower."

The Cubs are third in the league in payroll at $146 million. Soriano makes $19 million, Fukudome $14 million, Nady $3.3 million and Byrd -- who is hitting .319 -- $3 million. But Chicago is 26-32 and in third place in the NL Central, seven games out of first place.