Meacham fond of Piniella

Meacham fond of Piniella

CHICAGO -- Astros first-base coach Bobby Meacham, who came up with the New York Yankees when Lou Piniella was in the twilight of his playing career, said Tuesday he was glad his former teammate and manager was going out on his own terms.

Piniella announced Tuesday he would retire at the end of the season as manager of the Cubs.

"Once in a while in the winter, I'll see him in a Yankee fantasy camp or something to do with that, but it's good to say hi to him and know he's doing well and check on his family," Meacham said. "We have a connection from years ago and it's good to see him having a great career. I'm sure he's pleased with the way it's gone, and like all of us will some day, it's time to do something else."

Meacham, who played with the Yankees from 1983-88, was with the Bronx Bombers when Piniella was the manager, hitting coach and general manager.

"Lou was real intense as a player as he is as a manager," Meacham said. "Lou's a good guy. He used to get riled up out there. He's got the reputation for that, but the last couple of years he's calmed down and things have been even-keeled for him. His record shows what a good manager he is."