Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager "Sweet" Lou Piniella may get tossed from a lot of games, Jeff Angus observes, but he's also consistently effective. He understands how to mine an organization for ideas that other managers overlook. And he knows how to handle hot-shot talent (but less so with the D-Rays). The result: a better record within one year of taking over a losing team.
|* Before Piniella||* After Piniella|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||2002||55||106|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||2003||63||99|
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A version of this article appeared in the May 2006 issue of Fast Company magazine.