The Red Sox’ No. 1 priority is beating the Yankees. How better to pursue that priority next season than to hire the man who was one of George Steinbrenner’s staunchest soldiers, serving as general manager, manager, hitting coach and core player of the 1970’s championship teams?

From Piniella’s point of view, the idea would be at least as delicious as it would be for the Red Sox to beat their archrivals with one of theirs. Not that Piniella has anything against the Yankees in general or Steinbrenner in particular or has any reason to do them ill, but he would have to relish the challenge to take on the Yankees head to head and attempt to dethrone them in the American League East.

The New York Times’ Murray Chass on why Boston should sign Piniella immediately. (registration required) I agree.

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