Lou Piniella proud of Cubs tenure

Updated: May 2, 2011, 4:21 PM ET
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Lou Piniella worked for three ownership groups during his tenure in Chicago, but the former Cubs manager believes the team now has the right leadership in place.

"I had three different ownership groups in four years. That's hard. Really hard," Piniella said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Things changed and rather rapidly, and rightfully so. Any owner that comes in has the right to do what they want to do.

"But they've got the right owners over there now as far as the Cubs are concerned. The Ricketts family, they are good people, they care about the Cubs and the franchise. Give them a little time. They're going to get it done for the city of Chicago and for Cubs fans."

Winning hasn't come quickly under the Ricketts, who bought the team from Sam Zell and Tribune Co. before the 2010 season. The Cubs have spent three days above .500 since the start of last season.

As his former team tries to find its way under his former third base coach, manager Mike Quade, Piniella said he has no regrets about his time leading the Cubs.

"I enjoyed it," Piniella said. "I did the best I could. I thought we did a pretty good job of changing the culture and making winning important. I wish that we could have done a little better, but it's not because I didn't try and my coaching staff [didn't try]. I had a bunch of really good professional coaches, and they did the best they could."

Piniella led the Cubs to the playoffs in his first two seasons, but they were swept in the first round by the Arizona Diamonbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers. After finishing second in the National League Central in 2009, the Cubs were 51-74 when Piniella retired in August to go back home to Tampa to care for his sick mother.

Piniella, who is an advisor for the San Francisco Giants, said he is proud of his Cubs career.

"I went there roughly five years ago and took over a team that lost close to 100 games [96 in 2006]," Piniella said. "We turned it around. We just didn't get it done in the playoffs."

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