Tony Pena Unlikely As Next New York Yankees Manager
The New York Yankees are still waiting to hear word from Joe Girardi on whether he plans to accept the team’s reported offer of three-years for $12-$15 million, or part ways with the Bombers, and take his managerial talents else where.
If Girardi decides to leave New York and go manage a team like the Chicago Cubs, or forget coaching and join the TV booth with FOX, then the Yankees would be left without a manager for the 2014 season.
A couple days ago, I wrote an article that listed the possible candidates for the Yankees to replace Girardi and among those was current Yankees Bench Coach Tony Pena.
Well, you can probably scratch that off the list as Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported that it’s very unlikely the Yankees would hire the 18-year major league catcher to manage in the Bronx.
“I don’t think anyone in our front office is even thinking about that,” said one Yankees official, referring to Girardi leaving and Pena not receiving consideration for the job.
Pena already has some experience managing in the majors, as he spent four years with the Kansas City Royals from 2002-2004, winning the AL Manager of the Year award in 2003 – the same year Girardi won his Manager of the Year award with the Florida Marlins.
After going 198-285 in four year with the Royals, he came to the Yankees in 2005 and has been with the organization ever since. He actually applied to replace Joe Torre in 2007, but the job was instead awarded to Girardi. He also interviewed for the Boston Red Sox opening after Terry Francona left in 2011, and as you already know, the Sox made the “brilliant” choice of hiring Bobby Valentine instead.
Personally, I believe that Pena would be a good fit to manage the Yankees. It’s been reported over the years that he is a very player-friendly coach, and having been in the New York market for a number of years, managing the Big Apple shouldn’t get to him.
If he’s actually out of the running as suggested by Cafardo, I wrote that Jason Giambi, a former Yankee, could possibly be fit for the job. He’s been praised for his leadership, but he has already said that he wants to come back and play one more year to make it an even 20.
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