Trammell: Now's not time to ponder Cubs helm

Trammell: Now's not time to ponder Cubs helm

CHICAGO -- Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell said now is not the time to think about possibly replacing Lou Piniella as manager but does want to be considered.

"It's been a great four years with Lou," Trammell said Wednesday. "I can't express enough how much I appreciate the opportunity working with Lou and being with him. That being said, we still have over two months to go. There's an appropriate time. There's a time and a place for things. [General manager Jim Hendry] is going to go through the process, and we'll see what happens down the road here."

Trammell managed the Detroit Tigers from 2003-05 and compiled a 186-300 record. It was a challenge.

"I would say so," Trammell said. "You lose 119 games and you're almost part of baseball history in a negative way, that certainly tests you in a lot ways. The three years there, I enjoyed it. And I enjoyed coaching. Looking back, it was good experience."

Wednesday was game No. 96 out of 162, and Trammell still feels there's a lot of work to do.

"At this point, I'm not even thinking about it," he said about possibly replacing Piniella. "Really, I am not. I know [Tuesday] I downplayed it because I thought it was Lou's day, out of respect. That's the way I was brought up, the way I am, the way Sparky [Anderson] taught us. There's a certain way of doing things. I'm really appreciative of the fact that my name was even considered. Down the road is the time to talk about it."

One thing is certain: Trammell wants to stay in the game.

"I'm a baseball guy, to be honest with you," he said. "I love being on the field, whether it's managing, coaching of some sort."