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Former Yankees manager Lou Piniella on instant replay: 'It would have saved me a ton of money'

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By Chris Ryan

cryan@njadvancemedia.com,

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW YORK -- The advent of instant replay in baseball has all but eliminated one of Lou Piniella's best tactics as a manager.

The former Yankee and MLB manager was ejected 63 times over the course of his coaching career, when he never hesitated to voice his displeasure with an umpire's questionable call.

Having access to instant replay when Piniella was in the dugout would have kept him in some more games and kept his wallet a little thicker.

"It would have saved me a ton of money," Piniella said Sunday before Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. "It would have saved me a lot of wasted effort, too."

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Even without the added aspect of replay, Piniella thinks he could have toned down his arguing back in his managerial days.

"When you get older, you realize, you go through all these gyrations, and you say, 'What for?'" he said. "I had a lot of passion for the game and to me, winning was a priority, but I could have calmed it down a little bit, too. I realize that now at 75 years old."

Piniella was among 40 former players participating in Sunday's Old-Timers' Day, and he was joined by first-time participant Aaron Boone, the current Yankees manager.

Boone, like Piniella, stepped into a managerial role quickly after the end of his playing career. From what Piniella has seen so far, he is impressed with Boone's transition to coaching.

"The way the game is played today, a lot of it is dictated from the front office, you know?" Piniella said. "I managed a year and a half removed from playing. I had no experience whatsoever, and I had a 23-year career doing it. I'm not surprised. Aaron comes from a baseball family. His dad, his brother. I'm not surprised he's doing a good job."

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